One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families has released the following statement from Executive Director Daniel Ramos on the Trump Administration rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program puts as many as 800,000 infants, teenagers, and young people — including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer young people — at risk for deportation regardless of if they have any family ties in, or can speak the language of, the country to which they may be deported.
“Marginalized populations, especially undocumented LGBTQ people, are exponentially vulnerable because they often lack necessary support systems and can face harassment, violence, and even death if sent back to their home countries. Undocumented transgender immigrants, in particular, face an increased risk of abuse and assault even while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“Terminating the DACA program would be an unmitigated disaster. DACA has given a multitude of economic opportunities to its beneficiaries — allowing many to fulfill their dreams of attending and completing college, working legally, paying taxes, and providing for their families.
“We urge Congress to do right by immigrants and come up with a solution for these young people, who have contributed enormously to our community and our economy, and one that would allow young immigrants to continue living their American Dream with a path to citizenship.”
Please call your member of Congress today and tell them to support legislation that protects Dreamers.
You can reach Senator Gardner at 202-224-5941.
You can reach Senator Bennet at 202-224-5852.
You can find your Rep’s contact here.