Hacienda CDC Statement On DACA
September 01, 2017
In June of 2012 a memorandum from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security allowed for the protection of “young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home.” This policy is now known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Since its creation, nearly 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States of America as children have obtained authorization to legally work and attend school in this country, and have integrated themselves as members of society in the State of Oregon and beyond.
We now find that the DACA initiative faces serious risk of termination. Let us not mince words: the termination of DACA would be a senselessly cruel refusal to uphold the word of the federal government. These young people came forward, at great personal risk to themselves and their families, with the understanding that DACA would allow them to live safely and legally in this country. They declared their intention to work and study in support of the future of this nation, shared their personal identifying information in order to undergo background checks, and demonstrated their allegiance to the United States. These are nearly 1 million young people who want to contribute to our economy and are already valuable members of their communities. Now the Trump administration threatens to reverse the DACA policy, putting these young people at increased risk of being separated from their family and friends and exiled from the only home they have ever known.
Hacienda CDC stands with the neighborhood of Cully, the greater Portland Metropolitan Area, the State of Oregon and beyond to recognize that diversity and tolerance must go hand-in-hand, and to affirm our continued commitment to the community that we serve. We will not stand by while the federal government, whose purpose it is to uphold the principles of equality and justice for all, evades these responsibilities with respect to people of differing origins and backgrounds.
We encourage our elected officials of the City of Portland, the State of Oregon, and our Congressional delegation to renew their vows to protect their constituents by speaking out against hateful politics and supporting additional legislation that promotes a more permanent acceptance and protection of immigrants and refugees.
We are thankful for those elected officials who have already spoken out in support for the preservation and expansion of immigrant and refugee rights. As of today, Governor Kate Brown stands as one of only eight governors who have publically vowed to defend DACA recipients. We are also thankful for the support of Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkeley, and many state legislators who have echoed the needs of their communities. Hacienda CDC stands ready to work together with local leaders to ensure that our community remains a bastion of acceptance, regardless of identity, origin, or status.