Paxton Hell Bent on Deporting Immigrant Youth: Immigrant youth reject Paxton’s and Abbott’s Racism 

Sadie Hernandez Press Releases

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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Contact: Sadie Hernandez | sadie@unitedwedream.org | 512.256.1489
 

Austin, TX – Earlier this week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 12 other states, filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States stating their opposition to the DACA program. Paxton’s attack comes as Trump’s administration continues to ramp up deportations via mass raids, opening concentration camps all across the country, and expedited removals.

Immigrant youth and allies organized to keep DACA renewals open and encourage DACA recipients to visit www.RenewMyDACA.com to renew as soon as possible. 

Christian Aguirre, a DACA recipient and Member of United We Dream Texas, said:

“I am a DACA recipient and DACA works. I came to the United States when I was 8 years old and became a DACA recipient when I was 17 and have been able to renew it twice. Since then, I have been able to financially provide for my single mother who suffers from progressive dementia, have a driver’s license, attend college by applying for scholarships and financial aid that I wasn’t previously eligible for, and ditched the fear of being deported to a country that’s not home. 

Without DACA, I will lose the ability to support my family, drive in the state of Texas, be disqualified from scholarships and internship opportunities, and relive the constant anxiety and fear of deportation that I experienced as a teenager.

Gov. Greg Abbott and AG Ken Paxton are complicit in the mass deportation plan of the White Supremacist-in-Chief. By ending DACA,  this will put 800,000 people at risk of deportation, with 115,000 DACA recipients in Texas alone.Our community is resilient and we will not back down in the face of blatant racism and hate. This is our home and we are Here ToStay.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 500,000 members, five branches with over 100 affiliate organizations across 28 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.