WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2015) –OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates celebrates the third anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Three years ago on June 15, 2012, the DACA program was introduced by President Obama as a means to protect undocumented individuals from deportation if they were brought to the United States as children. The law has faced numerous challenges in the courts and most recently the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to stay an injunction on a suit against the President’s executive actions.
This has effectively cut off the expansion of DACA or the implementation of the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program that would have prevented the parents of citizens and legal permanent residents from being deported as well.
“Today, we commemorate the enactment of a bold program set forth by President Obama to provide much needed legal status to undocumented immigrants brought to this country through no choice of their own,” said Ken Lee, OCA Chief Executive Officer. “These individuals, who have only known America as home, have been unfairly stuck in limbo by a gridlocked Congress since the DREAM Act was first introduced in 2001. The DACA program affords these vulnerable young people the acceptance that they deserve as human beings by ridding them of the fear of deportation.”
“It is disheartening that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has turned a blind eye to the suffering and uncertainty brought about by the injunction,” continued Lee. “Make no mistake; those who have challenged these programs are attacking the most vulnerable in our society. It is the people of good conscience who speak out against the rich and powerful interests attacking these families and OCA is proud to be a part of those voices. We are confident that reason and justice will prevail and we encourage those eligible for expanded DACA or DAPA to continue to prepare their paperwork in advance of a full decision by the Fifth Circuit.”
“While we applaud the Obama administration for their continued commitment to the DACA and DAPA programs, they are not a permanent solution,” concluded Lee. “The only way for us to fully dispel these repeated attacks on these important programs is to continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform that will set a clear and permanent path to citizenship.”
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).