It is time for all legislators to do more to stand up for its immigrant communities. We must enact sanctuary cities, expand the TRUST Act, and fight for immigrant rights at the federal level.
In response to Trump’s rescindment of DACA:
Carlos Moreno, Interim State Director of Connecticut Working Families:
“The termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is Trump’s latest assault on immigrant and marginalized communities and American values. Now more than ever, we need all of Connecticut’s elected officials from the municipal to federal level to stand up to the white supremacist deportation machine that is currently directing our federal immigration system.”
“By terminating DACA, the Trump administration has stripped over 800,000 young people across the country of their basic rights and security, making it harder for them to successfully work, contribute, and succeed in our communities. Beyond the limited relief from the constant threat of unjust deportation that the DACA program has provided nearly a million young people and their families, it has also allowed most recipients the ability to legally drive, work, and achieve higher education.”
“In Connecticut, it is estimated that between 5,000 and 11,000 immigrant youth are able to safely and legally work and study because of DACA.1 The loss of this relief program is not only a human rights disaster, but also a kneecap to the development and diversification of Connecticut’s economy in a time when we need it most.”
“Connecticut Working Families is calling on our state to do more to resist the criminalization and targeting of our immigrant neighbors. The many leaders of the immigrant community have demonstrated that they will remain resilient in resisting all attacks on their safety and dignity. Our elected officials must follow their lead. From enacting sanctuary policies in our towns and cities; to expanding the TRUST Act2 in the state legislature; to fighting for a pathway to citizenship and an end to deportations at the federal level, Connecticut must take the lead.”