South Asian Network Statement on the Termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

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South Asian Network Statement on the Termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

The South Asian Network (SAN) strongly condemns the actions that the Trump Administration took today to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Nearly a million young people with promising futures will be negatively impacted by what we and many regard as an inhumane decision.

South Asians, as one of the largest groups of undocumented populations in the US, will not be immune to the termination of DACA. According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), India and Pakistan are in the top 25 countries of DACA recipients. Over 7,000 DACA recipients of Indian origin and over 3,000 of Pakistani origin reside in the United States. (Unfortunately, data for other South Asian populations, such as Bangladeshis, is not available.)

DACA recipients, “DREAMERS,” are hard-working young Americans who represent the best of our country. Pulling them away from their communities and families, preventing them from working, and deporting them to far away countries is NOT what America, a nation of immigrants, stands for.

We strongly urge our community to fight back and take action:

​If you have ANY questions about DACA, please call us at 562-403-0488 or email us at saninfo@sansocal.org. All conversations will be held in strict confidentiality. Our staff is also available to assist in Hindi, Urdu, Bangla, Gujarati, and Nepali.

For ALL undocumented Americans, please know that SAN is here for you. You are an important part of our community and our country. We will continue to work hard to protect and assist you – always – but especially during this difficult and uncertain time.

 

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