ICH Response to the DACA Program

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At ICH, we would like to extend our support to the 800,000 young people affected by the recent decision about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program allows undocumented immigrant youth who were brought into the US by their parents at a young age to obtain legal status to work and go to school. These young people are contributing members to our society and are integral parts of our community.

We would like to share the below statement from one of our partners, Parenting Journey, regarding the recent news about the DACA program:

Today, Parenting Journey reaffirms its commitment to immigrant families. We are disheartened by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ actions today on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but we maintain our sincere support of the young people and families affected by Mr. Sessions’ announcement.

Parenting Journey unequivocally stands with the 800,000 young people who are DACA beneficiaries and their families. The DACA program allows undocumented immigrant youth to obtain legal status for work or school, and to fully contribute to the fabric of our communities. At Parenting Journey, we believe that families are stronger together. We believe that America is great because of the contributions of immigrant families, and we are firmly opposed to any actions or policies that would deport nearly a million people and tear families apart.

To our partners and friends involved in efforts to protect and support immigrant families, thank you. We stand with you.”

If you would like to show support for the DACA program here are a few things you can do today:

  1. Contact your state senators and local representatives. To find out who your senators and representatives are click here.
  2. Support local organizations that are committed to protecting immigrant rights. You can volunteer, organize, donate, or attend peaceful protest and rallies.
  3. Share your story of how this will affect you or someone you know.