The Labor Day weekend 2017 has been a roller coaster of emotions for DREAMers and their allies. The impending ending of the Deferred Action program (DACA) by the Trump administration has been obscuring the celebration and relaxation of the holiday.
Even though Trump said he would treat these young immigrants “with heart,” his dark cruelty is naked for all to see when he sets in motion his media show and unleashes surrogates like Katrina Pierson, who calls DACA “amnesty.”
It is calculated that the elimination of DACA will affect close to 800,000 young immigrants, some of them parents.
The Trump administration is ready to hear the extremist ilk of his party: tea party activists such as Pierson and vociferous tiki-torch-carrying alt-righters and neo-Nazis, instead of regular Americans who in their majority support DACA and approve a path to legalization for immigrant youth.
According to an article in The Atlantic, “nearly 80 percent of Republicans, and three-quarters of Trump voters, support DACA.” But President Trump is listening only to the fringes of the Republican party.
On Thursday, tech leaders joined the majority of Americans in support of DACA. A national coalition of 300 tech titans – including executives from Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon – called on President Trump to preserve the program that allows children brought to the United States illegally to live and work in the U.S.
250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 3, 2017
Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted in his profile picture his support for DACA.
More than 300 religious leaders from all denominations also quickly mobilized on Sunday, writing letters to support DACA-DREAMers and urging Trump not to eliminate the program, Politico reported. Additionally, the letters asked for Congress to work on a permanent solution and a path to legalization for the young immigrants.
Even some congressional Republicans are breaking with the Trump administration, stating their support for DACA.
Let the lawsuits begin!
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday they will file a lawsuit if DACA is terminated.
“The poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty – written by the descendant of early Jewish immigrants – promises this nation will ‘lift its lamp’ for the huddled masses,” Schneiderman said. “New York will never break that promise. And neither will my office.”
The announcement about the future of DACA in the Trump era is supposed to be coming today, according to the artificial deadline imposed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 10 attorneys general from other states, which we timely reported here on Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
We will keep you updated with the latest developments.