The Filipino Migrant Center (FMC) stands with the thousands of courageous undocumented young people throughout the U.S. who have been fighting for immigration relief for their families, and won the creation of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program in 2012 through an executive order by President Obama.
We condemn in the strongest terms the decision of the Trump administration to rescind the DACA program which has provided 800,000+ undocumented young people with temporary opportunities to work and protection from deportation. These young people have relied on DACA for the livelihood and survival of their families. They have become teachers, scientists, and leaders who have made positive contributions to our communities, and we are concerned for the severe and devastating impacts that the termination of the program will bring on the lives of our bright and talented young people.
The rescinding of DACA is a reflection of the anti-immigrant and racist character of the current administration. Despite the findings of 104 legal experts in August 2017 finding DACA as a legitimate exercise of prosecutorial discretion or executive power, the Trump administration insists on the unconstitutionality of DACA. We are angered by the lack of compassion, deliberate neglect of the human cost of immigration, and the same old rhetoric of blaming immigrants and undocumented people for the failures of our leaders to create a just economic and immigration system.
800,000+ young people have made enormous sacrifices to be able to pay and renew their DACA application and undergo extensive processes and background checks, risking coming out of the shadows for an opportunity to provide their families with a better future. We are concerned for their safety and well-being including their families as the Trump administration will continue to carry out unjust raids, arrests, detentions and deportations throughout the country, spreading fear and creating insecure communities.
We join the nationwide movement to support undocumented young people, parents, workers, and immigrant families who are resisting and fighting for justice every day. We join the organizing efforts in California and locally in Long Beach, Carson, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County to end the criminalization of immigrants and undocumented people in the United States.
FMC will continue to support and organize Filipino immigrant families by providing them with education about the decision on DACA and other immigration policies that affect their lives, informing them about their rights and how to defend them. We will continue to work with community-based organizations, legal partners and supporters who are fighting for just and humane U.S. immigration system and addressing the root causes of migration.
We call on our elected officials in the state of California to pass SB54, the CA Values Act to ensure state and local enforcement agencies do not invest local resources in immigration enforcement. We also call on the Philippine government to provide concrete resources to aid its undocumented citizens, estimated at 1 million people.
We call on Filipino students, young people, educators, healthcare workers, faith leaders, and members of the Filipino community who want to lend their support and be part of the movement for immigrant rights, to contact us.
To access specific provisions of the the announcement, visit www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/05/memorandum-rescission-daca