Trump Pandering To Racists With Repeal Of DACA

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Black Alliance for Just Immigration Infuriated by the Trump Administration’s Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

NEW YORK, NY – This morning Attorney General Sessions announced that the Trump Administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed 800,000 immigrant youth to live, work and  remain in the United States without the constant fear of deportation. Established in 2012, the program has transformed the lives of young people, including thousands of Black immigrants,  bringing stability, along with economic and educational opportunities to marginalized families and communities.

“BAJI is appalled by Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. By canceling the program President Trump is yet again pandering to white supremacists over immigrant, Black, and poor communities, as well as millions of organizations, businesses, and allies that support DACA recipients. It is now up to Congress to come up with a long term solution to our broken immigration system that protects human rights and enables immigrant families to live and thrive in the U.S.,” says Opal Tometi, BAJI’s Executive Director and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network.

“BAJI stands with the millions of young undocumented immigrants whose lives are on the line, including those protected under DACA. Until dignity, justice, and human rights protections can be afforded all oppressed communities in the U.S., we remain undeterred and emboldened in in our fight against this administration’s racist and xenophobic policies and tolerance for hate-fueled policies.”

  • DHFabian

    “Until dignity, justice, and human rights protections can be afforded all oppressed communities in the U.S…” The most oppressed in the US are the poor. In recent decades, the US has stripped the poor of a list of fundamental civil and human rights. Note that the UN’s UDHR lists food and shelter as fundamental human rights — even for the jobless poor. Today’s generation disagrees. Even US liberals have powerfully embraced the corporate ideology that discounts our “surplus population” (those not of current use to employers) as inconsequential, something less than human.

    The great majority of US poor are white, but the consequences of today’s war on the poor are the same regardless of color. Contrast the way that middle class liberals define the poor and low-income by race. It reveals much. The US lost over 5 million manufacturing jobs alone since 2000. When was the last time you heard liberals call for “dignity, justice, and human rights protections” for all those who have been pushed out of the job market, into poverty?

  • The long-term unemployed who’ve been permanently pushed out of the economy (largely due to age discrimination) are no longer counted among the official ranks of the unemployed. Many ended up homeless, losing everything. As a result, most ended up in “tent cities” – like the ones in California where at least 15 people have died so far and another 400 became gravely ill from an outbreak of Hep-A because of not having any sanitary way of going to the bathroom after the authorities confiscated the porta-potties from homeless encampments in San Diego and other areas. Where’s their “dignity, justice, and human rights protections?”

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