BREAKING: Trump Likely to End DACA – Here’s What You Can Do Now

Activists at the DREAM Action protest action in front of the White House on August 16, 2017. (Photo credit: NAKASEC)

Politico broke the news earlier today that President Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which had provided deportation protection and employment authorization for registered undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States as children. The program had been implemented by the Obama administration in 2012, and enjoys broad popularity in the United States.

Trump had promised to end DACA on the campaign trail, but had been flip-flopping on the issue since his inauguration. However, facing threats from the attorneys general of ten Republican states, Trump now appears to have decided to eliminate the DACA program, throwing the fate of nearly 800,000 so-called “Dreamers”  — including at least 18,000 Dreamers from Asian countries — into question.

Of the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants in America, one in ten — or approximately 1.5 million — are from Asian countries. In other words, 1 in 7 of all Asian American immigrants are undocumented, and most arrive from countries such as India, China, the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam.

Trump rode into the White House upon a populist wave of anti-immigrant xenophobia and nativism. The president’s pending dismantling of DACA is part of a larger political assault on America’s immigrants — both documented and undocumented. The rhetoric that the Trump administration has deployed against immigrants is one of intolerance against anyone foreign-born. To the huddled masses yearning to be free, Trump would rather build a “big, beautiful wall” than lift a lamp beside the golden door.

The question now facing the rest of America: is this hateful and unwelcoming America the kind of America we want to live in? Or, do we draw our line in the sand here, with a vocal pledge to defend DACA and the rest of America’s immigrants, both documented and undocumented?

Trump’s proposal to end DACA will not be official until he announces the decision on Tuesday. Furthermore, his rumoured proposal to end DACA would include a 6-month delay before the program is fully dismantled. That means we have between now and next Tuesday, and again between next Tuesday and March of next year, to ensure that DACA is not dismantled quietly. We have six months to make it be known throughout the streets of Washington D.C. that we stand with America’s immigrants, and that protections for Dreamers will not be removed lightly.

Here is a bunch of things you can do right now:

Do you have more actions? Please include them in the comments below and I will update this post.

Correction: An earlier version of this post reported that there are nearly 30,000 registered Dreamers from Asian countries, however there is now some questions surrounding how to interpret numbers published in the USCIS report from which that tally was originally drawn. As such, this post has been corrected with a more conservative — but likely more accurate — number of at least 18,000 registered Dreamers from Asian countries. I apologize for any confusion.

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  • Keith

    I can’t support DACA.

  • I’m curious to know why? Would you mind sharing your thoughts?

  • Keith

    Illegal immigration in general both exploits illegal immigrants because they are not citizens and undermines the ability of CITIZENS to collectively bargain for higher wages, benefits, and not to mention their Civil and political rights. Supporting DACA would only extend the stay of these folks they won’t become citizens how does that help anyone. People have fought and died for the ability to have unions and a living wage for the past 30+ years that has been eroded by corporations. Yet people could care less about this:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/05/hookworm-lowndes-county-alabama-water-waste-treatment-poverty

  • Keith

    Either make these people citizens or deport them. DACA is nothing more than a system that both exploits illegal immigrants as well as undermines the gains that workers have made since the new deal. Granted the austerity measures that have turned back allot of what workers gained was because of the southern Southern strategy which fueled white racism enough to make white folks vote against their own best interest, but at the end of the day DACA is bullshit and only helps big business interests.

  • However, granting undocumented immigrants access to work authorization and other forms of legitimacy actually combats this problem of employment exploitation. Worker exploitation occurs because undocumented immigrants are effectively an underground labour market, with no access to legal protections by virtue of their “shadow” status: by granting undocumented immigrants access to paperwork and documentation, it limits their exploitation in an underground labour market.

    Remember also in particular that DACA recipients must by virtue of the program either be enrolled in college and/or college graduates, or they must be military personnel. With work authorization, they can join unions like any other employee. So DACA is a way to prevent worker exploitation, not promote it.

  • I disagree. DACA recipients must be college graduates and/or military personnel, and it grants access to work authorization and drivers’ licenses, and protects from deportation. I do not see how it promotes exploitation, since DACA mostly applies to skilled young people who have used their DACA authorization to apply for middle-class professional jobs, including jobs that are often unionized. DACA effectively allows DACA-mented young people to stop living the kind of underground lives that makes them vulnerable to exploitation.

    I will agree that DACA is a stop-gap measure, and it offers no permanent solution for DACA-mented folks. But it doesn’t make sense to me to deport undocumented immigrants: an effort that would be both costly and unnecessarily punitive against folks who are trying to become (and in most cases are successfully becoming) tax-paying employees of this country.

  • Keith

    You really believe that? Businesses love undocumented workers and the little protection they might get means nothing because most of these workers don’t stay long. DACA is just propaganda used to mask the conditions that force people to migrate to the U.S. (ie is U.S. foreign policy). Sorry I don’t care about those who are striving. Give rights to everyone or no one at all I believe in rights for all not just elitists. U.S. policy has included destabilizing countries under the false notion of human rights via regime change, U.S. trade agreements like NAFTA. or deciding not to pay back our debts like what we did to Latin American countries in the 70’s. DACA is the opposite of how black men were criminalized and how black women were portrayed as welfare queens during the time when neo liberalism policies were first being implemented remove the type of social safety nets that would have made us whole.

  • Binta

    You mean “illegal” when you say “undocumented”. As I said, you’re a walking talking stereotype.

  • You’ve been warned that this site does not permit ad hominem attacks. So, yeah – sorry, thanks for playing.

  • Charlotte Daniels

    Wow, so you don’t like his or her opinion so you ban them? So, yeah, you’re a joke.

  • Multiple accounts are not permitted, and certainly not to get around breaking comment policy. Ad hominem attacks still are not permitted, too. Thanks for playing.