FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE
Seattle, WA – As a Hispanic founded, multi-cultural service/social organization, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. does not support the decision announced today to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program without a preventive legislative fix already in place. Our membership encompasses many different types of Brothers from many different walks of life and we feel this decision takes away many opportunities not only from members in our organization but their families, friends, and more. It is important to be aware of what has happened, what the next steps are, and what you can do to have your voice heard if you want to make sure corrective action is implemented.
WHAT IS GOING ON?
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy is being rescinded with a 6 month window for Congress to implement a legislative remedy.
The Department of Homeland Security, in a statement, says it has begun the “orderly wind down” of DACA. The agency will stop processing any new applications for the program as of today and has formally rescinded the Obama administration policy.
DHS also announced a plan to continue renewing permits for anyone whose status expires in the next six months, giving Congress time to act before any currently protected individuals lose their ability to work, study and live without fear in the US.
WHAT IS DEFERRED ACTION?
Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer a removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. For purposes of future inadmissibility based upon unlawful presence, an individual whose case has been deferred is not considered to be unlawfully present during the period in which deferred action is in effect. An individual who has received deferred action is authorized by DHS to be present in the United States, and is therefore considered by DHS to be lawfully present during the period deferred action is in effect. However, deferred action
does not confer lawful status upon an individual, nor does it excuse any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence.
Under existing regulations, an individual whose case has been deferred is eligible to receive employment authorization for the period of deferred action, provided he or she can demonstrate “an economic necessity for employment.” DHS can terminate or renew deferred action at any time, at the agency’s discretion.
OUR CALL TO ACTION:
There is overwhelming bipartisan support across America for legislative solutions to protect Dreamers from deportation and to create a legal status for them.
Please call your Representative in Congress to demand action from Speaker Ryan to bring the bipartisan Dream Act to the house floor. Congress must act. The bipartisan DREAM Act would allow young undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United States to apply for legal status and eventually citizenship if they can meet certain educational, work, or military requirements, successfully pass a background check and remain in good legal standing.
- Call your Senator and House Representatives and implore them to support the 2017 DREAM Act (S. 1615). Contact your Congressional leaders by going online to dreamers.fwd.us/. Additional advocacy tools and a script can also be found on the website. Also sign the petition in support of S. 1615 – https://dreamers.fwd.us/petition
- United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, provides tools and resources for its affiliates and supporters, to help with your advocacy and direct service work! Information can be found online at unitedwedream.org/toolbox/.
- Find peaceful and nonviolent organizations in your area that provide a safe environment to peacefully assemble to protect undocumented folks while fighting against rhetoric that often dehumanizes our undocumented communities.
- There are hundreds of immigrant rights and service organizations across the country that provide immigrants with access to numerous and needed resources. To locate an organization in your state, please find one from the Informed Immigrant online at www.informedimmigrant.com/
Omega Delta Phi National Executive Board