In yet another divisive move, the President of the United States announced that those covered by DACA should prepare for ‘departure from the United States.’ To be clear, the President sent US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make the announcement rather than deliver the policy change himself. “This action, on the heels of the President’s pardon of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, recently found in contempt of court for racial profiling, adds fuel to the fires of extremist racism and violence around the United States,” said the Global Justice Institute’s The Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt.
DACA is an immigration policy implemented by the Obama administration in June 2012. It allows certain immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and gives them eligibility for work permits.
“These young people are here through no choice of their own, though they have embraced the United States and its values as their own,” said The Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner, Executive Director of the Global Justice Institute. “They are valuable, contributing members of our communities; students, first responders, soldiers and serving in a variety of other important roles around the country. They deserve to be treated as full citizens of the United States and to have an immediate and speedy route to full citizenship. To target children and young adults is despicable.”
“We stand with dreamers. We stand with immigrants. We are all children of God. There’s plenty of room here, food for all, and love to go around. We all deserve the best that life has to offer. Let’s keep DACA,” wrote The Global Justice Institute’s Mr. Kareem Murphy.
By evening of the original announcement, the President began to waffle on the morning’s announcement, tweeting, “I will ‘revisit’ DACA (in six months) if Congress can’t legalize it.”
The Global Justice Institute calls on both the President and Congress to make legalizing DACA a top priority now. This legislation should be clean and free of other encumberments. It should establish a clear, direct and speedy route to full citizenship for those whom the United States of America is their lifelong home. Until then, we stand in solidarity with all those impacted by today’s unfortunate news. We pray for their safety and continued access to ‘the land of the free.’
This statement is prepared by The Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt, Director for Family Concerns
The Global Justice Institute, The Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner, Executive Director
Contact Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt at email@example.com.