PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: President Trump, There Are No Acceptable Deportations!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2017
Contact: info@dreamteamla.org

President Trump, There Are No Acceptable Deportations!

“The good news from the president is he is only going to deport criminals. The bad news is, you’re all criminals.” – Chris Newman, Legal Director NDLON

For a decade youth activists have fought the notion there are “acceptable” deportations. From workplace raids under President George W. Bush to President Obama saying he would prioritize ‘felons over families.’ Our response; “felons are family members too!”

“Been seeing a lot of “mass deportation” language in the media. Make clear that we’re not against mass deportations, we’re against deportations. Period. Much like we’re not against “mass incarceration,” we’re against incarceration. Period. None of us are free until all of us are free.” – Maria, Immigration Activist


Greatly expanding who is a “criminal” and thus deportable, Trump treats immigration as an enforcement problem rather than an economic or humanitarian issue. We reject that anyone should be deported in absence of immigration reform. These orders are outrageous. How are community members criminals for having to drive to meet their family’s means? These are people who’s only goal is to give back to the country that they want to be a part of. But it isn’t just the level of deportations.

“The recent ICE raids have shown that the policy of appeasement practiced by the established national Latino advocacy groups, who traded activism for access under the Obama administration, and offered up members of our own community to the deportation machine to try to protect a few have failed. No one is protected under Trump. We must fight every deportation regardless of circumstance.” – Arturo Carmona, Immigrant Rights Advocate

ICE must be confronted directly. What is missing from this administration is immigration reform. We call upon President Trump to pass real, meaningful legislation to address legal immigration, and abandon enforcement-only policies.

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DREAM Team Los Angeles seeks to create a space where undocumented immigrant youth become empowered through education and shared experiences, and develop as efficient advocates for their rights and those of the larger immigrant community.

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: President Trump Defers Action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2017
Contact: info@dreamteamla.org

President Trump Defers Action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Dream Team Los Angeles, a group of undocumented activists, along with millions of other undocumented are breathing a sigh of relief that President Trump made no announcement about the fate of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Yet we know he built his presidential campaign around ending the policy and to deport all 11 million undocumented. It is not just the fear of uncertainty about the DACA program but the larger climate of hate and scapegoating of immigrants we find ourselves in.

As summed up by undocumented activist Maria Castro;

“I am definitely concerned about DACA ending but what keeps me up at night is the threat of the unleashing of the deportation machine into the streets and into our homes.”

It also comes of little comfort that the president is going to prioritize removal of “those people who would harm our nation”, as this priority removal process continues the policies of past administrations who discovered this is a very small number of the total undocumented population. And to make deportation quotas people of very minor infractions get caught up in deportation. A process that could make a child as young as 6 years old face an immigration judge all alone without legal representation.

The DACA provides minimal protection for undocumented youth and was meant to be a temporary program while Congress took up the task of immigration reform. We call upon President Trump to do what President Obama could not; pass real, meaningful legislation to address immigration once and for all.

The immigrant communities who contribute to this nation’s economy will not stand idly by for another administration’s reform inaction, nor tolerate the rhetoric and attacks directed towards us. It is time for a president who wants to lead all America to remove fear and uncertainty from our national discourse. Now is the time for action.

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DREAM Team Los Angeles seeks to create a space where undocumented immigrant youth become empowered through education and shared experiences, and develop as efficient advocates for their rights and those of the larger immigrant community.