On March 5th ‘Deadline,’ Dreamers in San Diego Continue to Live in Limbo

Local organizations are helping current DACA recipients renew their status

San Diego, CA – Today is President Trump’s artificial deadline to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has left about 40,000 Border Dreamers in San Diego County — and more than 800,000 young immigrants nationwide — living in fear and uncertainty.

Since Trump announced the end of the program in September of 2017, thousands have lost their status and many more are unable to apply as they come of age, when they should be planning for their future. While a temporary injunction allows those in the program to renew, the court order can be overturned, leaving them in a permanent state of limbo.

Meanwhile, Trump has rejected several bipartisan solutions in Congress that would have protected these young immigrants who were raised here, and instead has chosen to hold them hostage for a harmful border wall and more border agents.

In response, members of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium are mobilizing to support local Border Dreamers. Organizations such as the Jewish Family Service of San Diego and Catholic Charities, are holding workshops to help DACA recipients renew their status.

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Letter to Congress: We Want Dreamer Protection


Today, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium along with more than 250 national, state and local organizations sent a letter urging congressional leaders to enact permanent protections for Dreamers and reject the White House’s nativist wish list. The letter, signed by civil rights, labor rights, faith-based, immigrant, human rights, education, and health organizations makes it clear that “protecting Dreamers cannot come at the cost of harming other immigrants or immigrant communities, nor can it entail militarizing the border, keeping families apart or undermining life-saving humanitarian protections.”

Since President Trump rescinded the DACA program, more than 19,000 Dreamers have lost protection. The American people overwhelmingly support a path to citizenship, not a kick-the-can-down-the-road temporary solution. We hope this letter along with our combined advocacy efforts this week will ensure that we win permanent protections for Dreamers and block efforts to use them as hostages to advance anti-immigrant policies.

Read the full letter here.

San Diegans Oppose Cruel and Heartless Decision to End DACA

San Diegans Oppose Cruel and Heartless Decision to End DACA

 
Up to 40,000 San Diegans who were brought to the United States as children could end up  deported to places they barely know


SAN DIEGO, CA — In a cruel and heartless decision, the Trump administration has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while giving Congress a six-month delay to come up with a legislative solution.
This decision will negatively impact nearly 800,000 young people, including as many as 40,000 in San Diego, who under this program have been able to work, study, and contribute to America.

California DREAMing: Two Young Latinas Graduating as DACA Students Question Their Future by NIRMA HASTY

By Nirma Hasty

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Lizbeth Contreras, a high school senior and Itzel Guillen, a college senior, have mapped out their career and education futures.

Nonetheless, their graduations are filled with uncertainty even though they have temporary reprieves from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Lizbeth, 17, crossed the border from Mexico to San Diego with her mom at the age of 3. Itzel, 22, arrived in the U.S. when she was 4.

“Being Mexican, you wait for your (15th birthday) because of your quinceañera. But I was waiting to become 15 because I knew that then, I could finally apply to DACA,” said Lizbeth.

Since former President Barack Obama authorized DACA in 2012, some 800,000 teens and young adults, many who have grown up in the U.S., have been able to remain in the country, work and go to college. In some states, the program has also allowed them to qualify for scholarships or get driver’s licenses.

Read the full story here.

Sanctuary cities: Model leadership to ensure safety of most vulnerable

By Pedro Rios

Cities and counties around the country are taking the audacious step of declaring their municipal governments sanctuaries to demonstrate solidarity with immigrants and refugees who reside within their jurisdictions. The bold declarations are necessary and responsible actions that respond to the uncertainty of increased threats by President Donald Trump about targeting immigrants and refugees for mass deportation. But really, sanctuary cities are an extension of the obligation that elected officials have of ensuring the safety and well-being of their constituents.

San Diego Unified to Trump: Spare Our Undocumented Students

A resolution reaffirming the values of peace, tolerance and respect for multiple perspectives was adopted unanimously Tuesday night by the San Diego Unified School Board less than a month after Donald Trump was elected president.

The resolution was sparked by fears felt by some district students that Trump’s election would lead to the deportation of some students, their families and friends, who may be in the U.S. illegally, according to district officials.