September 5, 2017Press Release
Phasing out program harms DREAMers
UTLA repudiates Trump’s decision to end DACA, and his ongoing, hateful rhetoric and actions towards immigrant communities. This is outright discrimination based on race and national origin, and should be condemned as such.
UTLA stands with all immigrants in the DACA renewal process, in getting resources, and in fighting deportations. All students, all immigrants, deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. As educators, we know that this level of terror on behalf of this administration is not conducive of a learning environment.
Many of our students are from immigrant families. UTLA is working with immigrant rights groups to stop deportations, particularly of parents, picked up by ICE agents as they drop their children off at school.
At the table, UTLA will propose specific contract language to support immigrant families through bargaining demands with LAUSD.
On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security said it would no longer accept new applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has provided renewable, two-year work permits to nearly 800,000 immigrant youth. The agency said those enrolled in DACA will be able to continue working until their permits expire; those whose permits expire by March 5, 2018 will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals as long as they do so by Oct. 5, 2017. (The Washington Post).
We all suffer when any vulnerable group is targeted, fueled by hate and intolerance. We must fight vigorously against Trump’s action, to protect these families from further harm.
The following action is taking place in Los Angeles today:
- 5 PM — Placita Olvera - 535 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90009 (Address to Placita Catholic Church) Gathering, followed by a march to USCIS Federal Building.
Congress can act now to protect DREAMers and stop this unnecessary and cruel action. Tell your members of Congress to support the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.
For more information on how to support colleagues, students and community members, visit UTLA’s social justice page: www.utla.net/resources/social-justice-resources.