DACA ending: What you can do as a Dreamer – or ally
The program has transformed the lives of nearly 800,000 young people, enabling them to study, work and fully participate in their communities. Now we must fight to protect them.
Established by President Obama in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has allowed undocumented immigrant youth who meet strict requirements to apply for “deferred action” and obtain a Social Security number and a work permit, subject to renewal every two years.
Almost 800,000 young people across the U.S. have benefited, including more than 8,000 in Massachusetts. But now the Trump administration has said it will end DACA. The small window provided to renew, by Oct. 5, has now closed.
What can you do?
Support the Salem is for Everyone campaign
Salem has welcomed immigrants for hundreds of years. Today, it’s home to people from all over the world – almost 1 in 6 residents is an immigrant. So when the Trump administration started demonizing foreign-born people and expanding the deportation machine, the Salem City Council took a stand.
The “Sanctuary for Peace” ordinance did nothing radical – it just codified existing city and Police Department policies that protect the rights of all Salem residents, regardless of immigration status. But after the measure was approved, opponents launched a campaign to overturn it. Now, in order to keep the ordinance on the books, a majority of voters have to support it in a referendum.
Now, in order to keep the ordinance on the books, a majority of voters have to support it in a referendum. Anti-immigrant groups are marshaling their forces to persuade voters to repeal it.
We believe that a positive, Yes on 1 outcome is critically important not just for Salem, but for the passage of the Safe Communities Act, as well as trust/welcoming/sanctuary policies across the state. If we can’t show that there is strong public support for these policies, we will face an even greater challenge in the State House.
We will not be bullied by Operation ‘Safe City’
BOSTON, September 29, 2017 – Yesterday, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it had arrested nearly 500 immigrants nationwide, including 50 in Massachusetts, as part of Operation “Safe City.” The four-day campaign targeted cities and regions that limit police cooperation with ICE, or refuse to hold people on civil immigration detainers.
Eva A. Millona, executive director of MIRA, issued the following statement in response:
“This is blatant political propaganda. The Trump administration wants to intimidate states and local communities into rounding up immigrants for deportation, and they’re willing to ruin hundreds or thousands of lives just to scare and shame us.
There is not a police department, sheriff or court in Massachusetts – or in this country – that will not honor a criminal arrest warrant. If federal officials want to arrest anyone on criminal charges, native- or foreign-born, every police department in our Commonwealth will work with them. In fact, just in the last few months we've seen prominent cases of “sanctuary cities” such as Somerville, Chelsea and Lawrence work closely with federal agencies to target gangs and drug dealers.
Take action to protect immigrant rights!
- Find online "Know Your Rights" resources in English, Spanish and other languages.
- Request a "Know Your Rights" workshop in your town or region.
- Learn what public health professionals can do to protect undocumented residents and their families.
- Find out actions school officials can take to protect undocumented students.
- Report bias incidents to the Attorney General's anti-harassment hotline.
- And check out MIRA's Facebook page for local events and actions.
The time to act is now: Support the Safe Communities Act!
From the Boston Tea Party to the anti-slavery and marriage equality movements, Massachusetts has been a leader on civil rights. We need to show that same courage again today.
One in six Massachusetts residents is an immigrant. Yet under the Trump administration, our immigrant friends, neighbors and coworkers are being demonized and targeted for mass deportation. The federal government wants state and local law enforcement to serve as “force multipliers” for its crackdown on immigrants. The Safe Communities Act would stop that from happening in our state.
The Safe Communities Act protects the civil rights, safety and well-being of all residents by drawing a clear line between immigration enforcement and public safety. Sponsored by State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (S.1305) and State Rep. Juana Matías (H.3269), it ensures that our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrant families or create a Muslim registry.
Nearly half the Massachusetts Legislature has co-sponsored the bill, and more than 100 organizations have endorsed it so far. On June 9, 2017, hundreds of people came to show their support at a hearing by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, with testimony from elected officials, to civil rights leaders, health care providers, educators and community members.
Now we need your help to keep up the momentum!