DACA Will End, But Immigrant Youth are #HereToStay
It happened. The president will end DACA. He announced plans to terminate the popular and successful program, upending the lives of 800,000 young Americans and putting them into the deportation pipeline.
Over the past five years, the DACA program has been a lifeline for more than 8,300 Tennesseans, providing a sense of security and a chance to dream and invest in their future here. Caving to the demands of extremist attorneys general and white supremacists in his administration, the president just made clear there is no limit to his anti-immigrant agenda. The president’s decision to terminate the DACA program is cruel and reckless: he’s devastated 800,000 families and the country gained nothing.
The president is taking away DACA, but he can’t undo the promise and transformational impact of the program. Now, young immigrants know their own power.
After years of fighting for the Dream Act and fighting to stop the deportations of their friends, immigrant youth pressured President Obama to use this executive authority to grant them relief and temporary protection – and in 2012 they won. And immigrant youth convinced Tennessee's Attorney General to completely reverse course. It was the powerful advocacy of DACA recipients that led him pull Tennessee from the lawsuit, and urge our Senators to support the Dream Act.
DACA showed immigrant youth their power, but it also showed the whole country that the program works. America better understands that when we create opportunities for people to participate and contribute, our whole community is stronger.
We'll be sharing more information and resources in the coming days about the program's termination and our plan to pass the Dream Act. Stay tuned. Though the DACA program will be gone, DACA recipients are here to stay. And we aren't giving up. We're ready to fight for immigrant youth and to protect all communities from deportations.
For our DACAmented members: you’re not alone. We're here for you, we’ve got your back, and we’re ready to fight with you. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be hosting healing spaces, information sessions, and mass actions in cities across the state. Check out (and keep checking!) our website and Facebook page for more details.
For the whole TIRRC family, we need you to stand with DACA recipients. We'll be in touch with ways you can take action, but in the meantime help us send a message to Congress to swiftly act to restore protections for DACA recipients and create an earned pathway to citizenship.
Take 30 seconds to send a message to your members of Congress.
If you are in the Nashville area on September 5th, please join us for a march and rally to the offices of Senators Corker and Alexander. We will gather at Centennial Park at 4pm. RSVP and find more information on Facebook.
Now more than ever we need a powerful movement of immigrant families in Tennessee. Please make a donation to fuel our work and the fight ahead.
Keep the Pressure on to #DefendDACA
The clock is ticking. President Trump is set to announce his decision on whether or not to terminate the DACA program this Tuesday.
The president is facing mounting pressure to defend DACA. Joining immigrant youth and their allies in calling on the president to protect DACA and for Congress to pass the Dream Act are congressional leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Florida Governor Rick Scott, CEOs from companies like Apple and Microsoft - and even by our own Attorney General Herbert Slatery who had previously been among the attorneys general threatening to sue Trump if he didn't terminate the program by September 5th.
But what about Tennessee's senators and our governor? Our rallies, calls, emails, and sharing our stories are working, but we can't let up now. We have to keep the pressure on.
Will you take 30 seconds to urge Senators Corker and Alexander and Governor Bill Haslam to come out in support of DACA and the Dream Act?
MEMPHIS: If you're in Memphis, please join Dreamers United for a vigil tomorrow, Monday, September 4th from 6:30pm-8:00pm outside of the Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building. Find more information and RSVP on Facebook here.
MARCH & RALLY IN NASHVILLE: If you're in Nashville, please join JUMP (Jovenes Unidos por un Mejor Presente) for a march from Centennial Park to the offices of Senators Corker and Alexander on Tuesday, September 5th at 4:00pm. Gather at Centennial Park at 4:00pm. Find more information and RSVP on Facebook here.
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VICTORY! Attorney General Slatery Pulls TN from DACA Lawsuit
Tennessee's Attorney General Herbert Slatery was one of ten attorneys general who sent a letter to the president on June 29th with an ultimatum: end the DACA program or they'd sue. The states gave the president until next Tuesday to terminate the program.
Immediately, our youth members launched a campaign to defend DACA, urging our Attorney General to withdraw Tennessee from the lawsuit and to support a legislative solution like the Dream Act. We organized rallies outside of his office, shared the stories of DACA recipients in Tennessee, and mobilized the thousands of teachers, employers, and others who support Dreamers to urge him to reconsider. And it worked.
Today, the Attorney General sent a letter to Senators Corker and Alexander informing them that he would not be joining the litigation against the DACA program, and instead urged them to support the Dream Act or similar legislation that would provide permanent protection for immigrant youth in Tennessee.
"There is a human element to this, however, that is not lost on me and should not be ignored. Many of the DACA recipients, some of whose records I have reviewed, have outstanding accomplishments and laudable ambitions, which if achieved, will be of great benefit and service to our country. They have an appreciation for the opportunities afforded them by our country."
This is a testament to the power of undocumented youth and the strength of our movement. The attorney general's decision comes as the president faces mounting pressure to keep the DACA program in tact. We still have work to do to defend DACA and protect all Tennessee communities from deportation, but today is a reminder that organizing works - and that undocumented youth are here to stay! Stay tuned for more ways to take action.
The fight is not over! Please consider making a donation to support our organizing to #DefendDACA.
Attorney General Slatery Withdraws Tennessee from DACA Lawsuit
In a letter to Senators Corker and Alexander, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III stated his intention to withdraw Tennessee from the potential lawsuit against DACA. Stating that he believed in protecting Dreamers, AG Slatery urged Senators Corker and Alexander to pass a legislative solution and support the Dream Act. Here's a short quote from the letter.
"Many of the DACA recipients, some of whose records I reviewed, have outstanding accomplishments and laudable ambitions, which if achieved, will be of great benefit and service to our country. They have an appreciation for the opportunities afforded them by our country." - Attorney General Herbert Slatery III
Read the full letter here.