(September 5, 2017 – Somerville, Mass.) In response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ actions today on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director, released the following statement:
“Parenting Journey unequivocally stands with the 800,000 young people who are DACA beneficiaries and their families. The DACA program allows undocumented immigrant youth to obtain legal status for work or school, and to fully contribute to the fabric of our communities. At Parenting Journey, we believe that families are stronger together. We believe that America is great because of the contributions of immigrant families, and we are firmly opposed to any actions or policies that would deport nearly a million people and tear families apart.”
DACA is an Obama era protection for young people brought to America by their parents. To be eligible for the program, DACA recipients have to: be in school, graduated from secondary school, or have veteran status; be under the age of 31 in 2012 when the Executive Order was put in place; and have no felony, serious misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanor convictions.
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