Advancement Project National Office Condemns Trump Administration’s Memo Seeking to Dismantle DACA
Washington, D.C. – Advancement Project National Office condemns a memo issued by the Trump Administration today that blatantly ignores the recent Supreme Court ruling to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, and begins the process to dismantle the program.
“Just one month after the Trump Administration lost at the Supreme Court in the DACA decision, they issued this memo that completely disregards the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth, and we will not stand for this,” said Losmin Jimenez, Immigrant Justice Project Director at Advancement Project National Office.
The July 28, 2020 memo states that:
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will reject all initial, first time applications.
- USCIS will reject advance parole requests except in “exceptional circumstances.”
- Effective immediately all pending DACA renewals are limited to one-year grants, instead of the previous two years.
This decision impacts over 800,000 DACA holders, their loved ones, and their communities. It comes during a time of great struggle as communities stand in defense of Black lives against police brutality and the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged communities of color.
Advancement Project National Office and its partners will continue working at the local and federal level to decriminalize migration until communities of color are free and safe.