Trump and Pence have shown they don’t care for immigrant youth, instead using us as bargaining chips for a wall, and making plans with ICE to detain and deport us. )
For Immediate Release
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Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, following a question from PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, Vice President Mike Pence said he was “incredibly inspired” by the almost 30,000 health care workers who are DACA recipients and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. He went on to say that President Trump wants to “reach a solution” with Congress to protect DACA recipients from the fact that he ended the program and is using the Supreme Court to put immigrant youth in danger.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, DACA recipient and Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream, said:
“After Trump ended DACA, he held permanent protections for DACA recipients hostage in order to get billions of dollars for a wall, and more money for ICE to carry out his mass deportation agenda. Vice President Pence’s words about the contributions of DACA recipients are empty. Especially when he could urge his administration to immediately withdraw their case against DACA from the Supreme Court and automatically extend DACA protections from deportation for two years during the pandemic.
Over 200,000 DACA recipients are working on the front lines during COVID-19. Millions of undocumented people are also working in other essential jobs that are keeping our country going in the midst of this pandemic. Undocumented people are risking their lives to go to work to care for the sick, to make sure that our grocery stores are stocked, to make sure that our kids are educated, and to make sure that our hospitals and clinics are clean and sanitary.
The Trump administration killed DACA. If they are serious about wanting to protect immigrant youth from deportation, Trump should withdraw his case against DACA at the Supreme Court and keep DACA in place.”
Aldo Martinez, Paramedic and DACA recipient, said:
“I’ve been working over 80 hours a week as a paramedic in Florida to respond to the needs of my community in the midst of the unprecedented health crisis of COVID-19. We’ve been inundated with dozens of calls per day. I’ve had to step in to cover for colleagues who are self-quarantining after coming into contact with the virus.
Now imagine if thousands of health care workers – medical doctors, nurses, paramedics, like myself, – are suddenly not able to work. If DACA ends for those of us working in essential jobs, there will be a tremendous pressure on an already strained system. We are putting the safety of everyone living in this country at risk. I took an oath to help people, and I want to continue to do that.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 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.