The Kino Border Initiative strongly condemns President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On the U.S.-Mexico border, we witness daily the emotional and psychological devastation that migrants experience due to deportation and separation from families. This action will seriously increase the degree and the magnitude of this suffering while failing to recognize and value these young people’s God-given human dignity.
The president’s order puts thousands of these DREAMers who came to the United States as young children at risk of deportation from the only country they have ever known. We deplore the potential loss of the wonderful gifts and talents they bring to our local communities and our nation.
DACA protections emerged because of the tireless advocacy of immigrant youth. We stand with them to urge Congress to pass legislation that will allow these young people to live, work and study legally in the United States. It is essential to provide an opportunity for young immigrants and other newcomers in our society to continue living and contributing as part of our nation’s social fabric.