President Trump’s Action Puts LGBT Immigrant Americans in Danger
Today, with a stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump acted to strip hundreds of thousands of Americans and their families of security, stability, and safety by ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“President Trump’s assault on human rights and human decency continues with this cruel decision that should disturb every American,” said NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling. “Whether it’s transgender troops or young immigrant Americans, President Trump appears bent on singling out and harming people and families that he sees as different.”
Since 2012, nearly 800,000 young adults who grew up in this country were granted a reprieve from the threat of deportation by the DACA program, and with it the ability to move on with their lives and support their families and communities. All of these young Americans are immediately unable to work or plan for the future and are exposed to deportation. Over 75,000 Dreamers are LGBT Americans whose lives could be in danger if they were deported to countries they have not seen since childhood.
NCTE calls on Congress to immediately pass the bipartisan Dream Act to give permanent relief to DACA recipients and other vulnerable young immigrants. NCTE urges states and localities to do everything they can to protect their communities.