We've been receiving many inquiries about the Trump adminitration's decision to terminate the DACA program. Until some clarity is achieved, we will post information as received, newest first.
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From WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (5 Sep 17)
In light of today’s DACA announcement, please find attached Washington State’s joint higher education DACA statement.
Our community and technical college system will continue to open our doors and hearts to the rich diversity of students we serve. We are proud to be the educational home for all students.
Please see below for a collection of student resources:
As always, may we continue to be excellent to each other and the students we serve.
Ha T. Nguyen
Policy Associate, Basic Education for Adults
Interagency Communication and Messaging
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion | Barrier Mitigation
p: 360.704.4322 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | website: www.sbctc.edu
WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
1300 Quince St SE | PO Box 42495 | Olympia, Washington 98504
It will let Washington Republicans like Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert know that there will be HUGE electoral consequences if they back Trump’s plan.
FROM Washington State Democrats (5 Sep 17)
I am outraged. This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months -- leaving 17,000 Washingtonians who were brought to this country as children at risk for deportation.
I have news for Trump and Sessions -- Washington Democrats aren’t going to let them get away with this. Governor Inslee and Attorney General Ferguson have plans to sue the Trump administration over their inhumane plan. And our Democrats in Congress will work to pass comprehensive immigration reform and ensure that undocumented youth are protected.
But that’s not enough, friend. We need an overwhelming response from Washingtonians who are sick and tired of innocent kids being used as political pawns. Will you add your name to tell Republicans that DACA recipients (also known as DREAMers) are here to stay?
Your signature will accomplish three things:
It will show your support for Democrats who are working to advance humane immigration reform and protect DACA recipients.
And it will show the country and the world that Washington State will not allow our neighbors to be rounded up and deported.
Friend, will you add your name to tell Republicans in Washington, DC and Washington State that DREAMers are here to stay?
This isn’t over,
From NW Immigrant Rights Project (5 Sep 17)
As you may already know, the Trump Administration announced earlier today that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Since 2012, DACA has provided temporary protection to undocumented people who came to the United States at an early age, by providing relief from deportation, accessible pathways to careers, and additional stability for our communities to thrive.
Cruelly, the approximately 800,000 DACA recipients who have relied in this program, including nearly 18,000 here in Washington, now face an uncertain future.
NWIRP stands with them and with all others in opposing this misguided decision. We call on Congress to take action promptly to pass legislation that will provide DACA recipients and other undocumented individuals with a pathway to citizenship.
In the meantime, NWIRP will work with community partners to support DACA recipients and their families who will be directly impacted by today's tragic decision. We know some DACA recipients may qualify for other forms of immigration protection and we want to ensure they have information about and access to those options. And many others will need help submitting renewal applications before a new deadline of October 5th for those whose work permits expire on or before March 5th, 2018. More information is available at this community advisory that we just posted to our website.
NWIRP is working with the Washington Dream Act Coalition and other partners to host community forums to address questions from community members with DACA and their families. We will have immigration attorneys on hand to answer questions regarding an individual's personal situation. The first three events are scheduled for:
September 11th at 5:30pm
NCEC/Radio KDNA Building
121 Sunnyside Avenue
Granger, WA 98932
September 12th at 6pm
Wenatchee Community Center
504 S. Chelan Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98801
South King County
September 16th at 10am
2400 S. 240th Street
Des Moines, WA 98189
In addition, we are collaborating with WDC, which is hosting a forum for educators to learn how to support their undocumented students in light of this news:
Educators Forum (Seattle Area)
September 18th at 5pm
Cleveland High School
5511 15th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98189
We and our partners at the Washington Immigrant and Solidarity Network will also be hosting a Facebook Live stream today to discuss these issues, which you can find at our Facebook page. The English livestream will be at 4pm, the Spanish livestream will be at 4:30pm.
Information about additional events and other resources, including a new DACA advisory can be found at nwirp.org/daca
If you would like to support these efforts, donations are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for continuing to stand with us. We are so grateful to count you as a partner.
Jorge L. Barón