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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - Advocacy Alert

Monday, December 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The following is an announcement from the American Academy of Pediatrics Department of Federal Affairs.


Today, the AAP is joining other leading children's health and immigration advocacy organizations for a Day of Action to urge Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The DACA program, which was established in 2012, has allowed about 800,000 people who came to the United States as children to stay and work in the country under two-year renewable permits. The children who were protected under DACA have now grown into young adults. They have served our country in uniform, graduated from colleges and universities and have invested their lives and work in our cities and communities.

In early September, the Trump Administration announced that they will be ending the program in March 2018. Unless Congress intervenes, DACA will expire then.

Renewing the DACA program should not come at the cost of penalizing, harming, or criminalizing other immigrant children, such as unaccompanied minor children or their parents, which is why we are advocating for Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients such as the bipartisan DREAM Act.


How to Add Your Voice to Today's Day of Action: 

  • Contact your members of Congress by clicking on the "Take Action" button above. There, you will find a template email and additional background information to guide your outreach. If you prefer to call, we've included the DC Office phone numbers for your legislators below along with talking points.
  • Share messages on social media using #DreamActNow throughout the day. A few sample social media messages are below:
    • The children protected under DACA are now young adults. They have served our country in uniform, graduated from universities and have invested their lives and work in our cities and communities. They need & deserve a #DREAMActNow.
    • Too many children in this country live in constant fear that they or their parents will be taken into custody or deported. When children are scared, it can impact their health. The expiring deadline of DACA exacerbates their fear. We need a #DREAMActNow! 

  • As a pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, I urge you to pass a permanent legislative solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, such as the DREAM Act, without delay.
  • Far too many children in this country live in constant fear that they or their parents will be taken into custody or deported. When children are scared, it can impact their health and development. The expiring deadline of DACA exacerbates the fear, anxiety and discrimination already too present in this vulnerable population. 
  • For the 800,000 immigrants who have been protected under the DACA program, the United States is their home. For many, they have no real connection to their country of origin and no family anywhere but in our country.
  • The children who were protected under DACA have now grown into young adults. They have served our country in uniform, graduated from colleges and universities and have invested their lives and work in our cities and communities. They are valedictorians and entrepreneurs. They deserve to be accepted, embraced and treated with compassion.
  • Any legislative solution for DACA recipients should not come at the cost of penalizing, harming, or criminalizing other immigrant children, such as unaccompanied minor children or their parents. Children do not immigrate; they flee.
  • I am urging you to please protect immigrant children and pass a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients, such as the DREAM Act, without delay.
  • Thank you for your time.