Témoignages - 28 April 2016

en - Why is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)/DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans)important?

Above all, these programs keep families together. More than 6.1 million U.S. citizens live with a family member in danger of deportation. If the Supreme Court does not uphold the executive order, allowing the implementation of DACA/DAPA, not only would countless families be tom apart but there would be devastating repercussions for all U.S. citizens.

DACA/DAPA provides tremendous economic benefits to every one in the United States. DACA recipients, who tend to be young and highly employed, will sustain U,S. citizens expecting retirement benefits, And U.S. citizens with DAPA parents are in danger of becoming impoverished if their parent is forced to leave. For example, the enactment of these programs would "reduce the federal deficit by $25 billion by 2024 and increase the GDP by $230 billion over the next ten years," On the flip side, preventing these programs costs the GDP almost $30 million, not to mention the high administrative costs of deporting undocumented persons.


The Little Sisters of the Assumption, U.S. Territory and our Center, The Little Sisters Family Health Service in East Harlem NYC, through the New York Immigration Center, are actively working with, and strongly support the initiatives of reforms, and expanded key provisions of DACA and DAPA for the immigrant population.

The core goal of these two initiatives would stay the deportation of millions of immigrants living in the United States. Shortly after President Obama issued several executive immigration initiatives, several States filed a federal lawsuit named TEXAS VERSUS UNITED STATES. After a petition by 26 States Challengers was delivered to challenge President Obama’s authority to enact these changes, a Texas Federal District Court blocked the implementation of the DACA/DAPA Programs. In response, the Department of Justice petitioned the Supreme Court to hear this Case. That hearing was on April 18th with a decision expected in June, 2016.
On April 18th, 5 staff along with 22 immigrants from our Center, representing the countries of Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru, joined several buses with 600 people from NYC, traveled to Washington D.C., where thousands of people gathered for the day in front of the Supreme Justice Court, asking for a positive response to President Obama’s initiatives.

When some of our families were interviewed by staff in Washington, DC they responded as follows : 
Why did you join this protest ?

We joined because we want our children to be able to live with safety, enough food, and a place to live.

We want respect for all of us. We want work with a wage that will support our families.

We need health care when we are sick.

We want to see our families who have been left behind, some we haven’t seen for twenty years and more.

We want to reconnect with the children we had to leave behind.

We need to be able to live without the constant fear of deportation, separation, being held in detention Centers in terrible situations, and mistreatment.

We are working here and we pay taxes, but the government doesn’t recognize it so we have no rights.

A Young student shared : " I want a good education, I need my parents with me, and I need to resolve the constant fear I have about being caught with out papers and sent out of the country. All I want is what is available to all students here, to be able to learn, to be able to work and to have a normal life !"

We don’t like being called "illegal." We are human just like everyone else and all we want is the opportunity to live and grow, be happy with our families and share life in freedom and respect.

The group agreed that it was a wonderful experience to be with people from all over the country, who shared deep hope for the opportunity to be able to live in peace and help each other with moving toward fulfillment of these hopes in a free country.