Cong. Johnson to Urge DACA Recipients to Renew Status

On November 5, Congressman Hank Johnson and the Latin American Association and Informed Immigrant will host a press conference updating Atlanta on potential changes to DACA.

From a press release:

The press conference will take place at the Latin American Association Atlanta Outreach Center with the goal of educating DACA recipients and the Atlanta community on the latest news around three DACA cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court will hear arguments on these cases on November 12th and could determine whether Dreamers lose the ability to live and work in the United States in early 2020. In Georgia, there are over 21,000 DACA recipients whose lives would be thrown into chaos if the DACA program ends. Advocates will also spread the message that DACA recipients can and should renew their status while they are still able. 
WHAT:A press conference about DACA renewals and the need for Dreamer protections.
WHO:·     Congressman Hank Johnson (D, GA-04) ·     Yehimi Cambron, Local artist, and DACA recipient·     Raymond Partolan, Paralegal at Kuck Baxter Immigration, LLC and DACA recipient·     Anibal Torres, Latin American Association Atlanta Outreach Center·     Samuel Cervantes, Informed Immigrant
WHEN:Tomorrow, November 5, at 12:30 pm
WHERE:Latin American Association Atlanta Outreach Center2750 Buford Hwy.Atlanta, GA 30324
Background:For the past seven years, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has been a tremendously successful program that has offered temporary protection from deportation and the ability to work legally to more than 700,000 young immigrants, benefiting Dreamers (undocumented youth who came to this country as children), their families, their communities, and our economy. On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that the government was terminating the DACA program. In the months following, there were multiple lawsuits filed across the country that challenged the administration’s actions to terminate the program. For years, the Administration has been crystal clear that they are going to take every action possible to terminate DACA. More recently, President Trump has stated publicly that he wants to use the threat of deporting Dreamers as leverage to enact unpopular cuts and restrictions to legal immigration. The Court’s decision allows those plans to move forward at a breakneck pace. This is wrong, and will hurt not only Dreamers and their families and communities, but will cause serious damage to our economy. Since its inception in June 2012, DACA has been a huge success, not just for Dreamers, but for our entire country. No federal court has found DACA to be unconstitutional or unlawful, and four courts across the country have rejected the Administration’s effort to terminate this program. However, the Supreme Court will now hear arguments to overrule these lower court opinions, and as early as this spring, DACA could be gone. Due to the uncertainty of the trajectory of this case, we encourage DACA recipients to stay empowered and renew quickly if they are eligible. We encourage Congress to act swiftly to provide vulnerable populations like Dreamers and TPS holders the permanent protections they deserve to end once and for all the political ping-ponging of their lives by the government.

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