Heartbroken but determined-#HereToStay

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Authors: Andrea Fernández Aponte, Lily Folkerts

Today, the Trump Administration put a giant question mark on the future of nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants. Despite overwhelming bipartisan and public support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the White House announced that it’s cancelling the program effective in six months.DefendDACA

We may be heartbroken, but we are resilient, and we will push back >>

Dreamers are now facing uncertainty—unsure if they’ll be able to finish their school degrees or even keep their jobs. They are stuck in limbo, their fate now at the mercy of Congress. And, unless our legislators pass The Dream Act of 2017 to provide these youth a pathway to legal permanent status and citizenship, they’ll lose everything.

For the majority of Dreamers, the United States is home—they grew up here, attended school here, and have worked here most of their young lives. They have contributed to this country’s economy by purchasing homes and cars, starting businesses, and paying taxes. But above all else, they are an integral part of our communities. And today’s decision only alienates and dehumanizes these 800,000 neighbors, classmates, and coworkers.

Now, more than ever, Dreamers need you. Can you stand up for these members of your community?


SPEAK OUT against this xenophobic decision.

– Join in solidarity with the hundreds of demonstrations taking place in your community and across our nation. Find an event >>

– Share on social media your outrage with the Administration’s decision and your support for Dreamers. Post on Facebook >> and on Twitter >>

SPEAK UP in favor of The Dream Act of 2017.

– Urge swing votes in Congress to support The Dream Act of 2017. Call and tweet at key lawmakers >>

There is no doubt—ending DACA has nothing to do with what’s right for our country and everything to do with xenophobia. Dreamers have strengthened our communities and economy over the last five years. Read LAWG’s full statement here.

P.S. Already took action to support Dreamers? There is still plenty to do. Check out how you can support Honduran and Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries here.