What is DACA

#DACA

Not everyone knows, help us educate and take action.

What can I do? What are these things? How do they impact kids, me, my neighbors, community…? These days it’s hard to keep up and if you weren’t an expert on all these federal policies and issues, you’re not alone and you need to know that it is okay to ask questions. Let’s start with DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Every student deserves to feel welcome and safe in our schools. Our Superintendent Jason Glass sent a great message, as did a few other Colorado Superintendents. We are told Dr. Glass’ statement is in translation services now, https://advancejeffco.blog/2017/09/05/jeffco-public-schools-superintendent-statement-on-daca/

This article from EdWeek is a good place to start understanding what DACA is – http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2017/09/trump_plans_to_end_daca.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news2&M=58179471&U=2499534

These issues are not campaign issues and you can talk about them openly in and out of your school community. In fact, we hope you do!

  • “Created in 2012 by President Barack Obama, the program offers a two-year deportation stay to young undocumented immigrants who can prove they meet a number of criteria, including that they came to the U.S. before age 16, have lived here for at least five years continuously, attend or graduated from high school or college, and have no criminal convictions.”
  • “Trump had the right to alter or end DACA as he saw fit because the program was created through executive authority. His decision leaves an estimated 800,000 undocumented residents who have benefited from the program in limbo.”
  • “The National Immigration Law Center estimates that 65,000 undocumented youth graduate from high school each year.”
  • “The fallout from Trump’s decision could also affect the lives of children born here in the U.S. About 4 million students in the nation’s public and private schools, roughly 7 percent of all K-12 students, are the children of undocumented immigrants, the Washington-based Pew Research Center estimates.”

Here’s another great article to read to understand it better: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/04/politics/daca-dreamers-immigration-program/index.html

Facts on DACA

  • In addition to paying $495 every two years for their work permits, DACA recipients have to go through exhaustive criminal and background checks to maintain their status.
  • They must either be in school or have graduated.
  • They don’t get free housing or free education. They’re not eligible.
  • Also, a misperception some people have is that DACA recipients can apply for citizenship. They can’t. If they could there would be no need for DACA. “The program didn’t give them a path to become US citizens or even legal permanent residents — something immigrant rights advocates have criticized, saying it left people in limbo.”
  • However, in addition to being law abiding members of our communities, DACA recipients work legally and pay taxes. The same taxes that support many of the programs people depend on – Social Security, Medicare, etc.
  • DACA recipients are not only educated, law abiding members of our communities, they’re contributing to our country and economy. This can be verified by many sources including local, state and federal government agencies.
  • One last thing to consider. These people were brought here as children, some of them very young children. This is the country they know. Their “home” countries are about as foreign to them as they would be to any of us.

One last bit for those concerned about security:

“Have officials ever canceled DACA protections for anyone?”

“Yes. Immigration officials say this has happened when a DACA recipient was found to be a threat to either public or national safety. About 1,500 people have had their deferral canceled due to a crime or gang-related activity or admission, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

“That’s less than .2% of the total number of people accepted into the program.”

Now, what should you do? Contact your elected officials! Tell them to support and defend DACA. Speak up peacefully, respectfully, and lawfully.

https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Just enter your zip code and street address above and you’ll find your representatives!

Also, social media is great! Here are our Colorado officials:

Social Media Outreach

Name Twitter Facebook
Senate
 

Michael Bennet

 

@SenBennetCO

 

https://www.facebook.com/senatorbennet

 

 

Cory Gardner

 

@SenCoryGardner

 

https://www.facebook.com/SenCoryGardner

 

House
 

Diana DeGette, D1

 

 

@RepDianaDeGette

 

https://www.facebook.com/DianaDeGette

 

 

Jared Polis, D2

 

 

@RepJaredPolis

 

https://www.facebook.com/jaredpolis

 

 

Scott Tipton, D3

 

 

@RepTipton

 

https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanScottTipton

 

 

Ken Buck, D4

 

 

@RepKenBuck

 

https://www.facebook.com/repkenbuck

 

 

Doug Lamborn, D5

 

 

@RepDLamborn

 

https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanDougLamborn

 

Mike Coffman, D6

 

 

@RepMikeCoffman

 

https://www.facebook.com/repmikecoffman

 

Ed Perlmutter, D7

 

@RepPerlmutter

 

https://www.facebook.com/RepPerlmutter

 

We hope you’ll use your voice and call, email, Facebook, and Tweet your elected officials. When it comes to our children and students, it is so important that we all stop and take the time to actually take action. The beautiful profile pictures on Facebook are wonderful and a display of support but they don’t amount to action.

We hope you’ll also feel free to email us or private message us on Facebook when you have questions. If something comes up and you don’t know what it is, please let us know so we can help give answers to the others who join you with questions. We won’t ever question your intelligence or shame you, we are here to help! Now do your part and share this to educate others!