Reports Say Trump is Considering Killing DACA, While Immigrant Youth Escalate Fight to Defend It

White supremacists in the Administration push Trump to hurt 800,000 young people of color, throw them out of their jobs and be deported by ICE agents

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2017
Bruna Bouhid | | 202.850.0812
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Washington, DC – Today, Axios reported that President Trump is seriously considering putting an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – a highly successful program with strong, bipartisan support that has helped nearly a million immigrants obtain work permits, build lives here, and strengthen the entire country.

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy Director and DACA-beneficiary of United We Dream said in response:

“Immigrant youth fought to create the DACA program and we will fight like hell to defend it.

“Killing DACA is a violent white supremacist priority. Trump said that immigrant youth could “rest easy” and Speaker Ryan said we were safe, but has done nothing. Now Trump is considering taking protections away from me and 800,000 immigrant youth to make us vulnerable to being chased down by ICE agents, locked in detention camps and deported. This is outrageous!

“After Charlottesville, the fate of DACA will be the first major policy test of the Trump Administration.

“It is time for all people to organize with fierce and unapologetic determination to counter the vicious hate being pushed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and white supremacists in the White House. We will not be pushed back in the shadows because this is our home and we are #HereToStay.”

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at