September 6, 2017

Standing with Dreamers

By Daniel Sellers

6,255.

That’s how many young Minnesotans are estimated to be directly impacted by President Trump’s decision yesterday to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.

“Children and educators deserve to learn, work, and live free from such uncertainty.”

We oppose this decision and are concerned about the fear and anxiety it is causing for hundreds of thousands of students across the country, as well as their families, communities, and schools. Children and educators deserve to learn, work, and live free from such uncertainty.

DACA sits at the intersection of many of the whys and hows of our work at EdAllies: We advance policies that put underserved students first and remove barriers facing successful schools and programs.

DACA has supported some of the most underserved youth in our communities. The young people who have benefited and thrived under the program have had to overcome tremendous legal, social, and emotional barriers just to access educational opportunities and pursue their dreams.

What’s more, DACA strengthens our economy, has the support of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike, and, most importantly, lives up to our shared American values by honoring the hopes, dreams, and accomplishments of young people who call our country home.

We stand with Dreamers, and the many advocates who, across ideological and political differences, are calling on Congress to find a solution to remove barriers facing undocumented youth. And, we thank the countless educators who in the face of this decision are recommitting to making their schools and institutions welcoming, safe, and supportive places for Dreamers, and all youth.

 

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