He's 23 years old. He has no criminal record. He has a three-year-old son. He's been living in the U.S. for 16 years. He's a DACA recipient, guaranteed protection to live and work in America. He has twice passed government background checks -- as all DACA recipients must -- most recently, for his renewal of the program in May. And yet this young man was just arrested in his father's home.
This is the latest escalation of the administration's deportation efforts, which have been marked by disturbing reports of largely indiscriminate raids. This isn't just an attack on a single individual -- it's a foreboding sign of what's to come if we don't fight back, and a threat to the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers living in this country.
These are young people who were brought to America through no fault of their own, and have considered the United States their only home. Since President Obama granted protections to these DREAMers through the DACA program and relieved them of the constant fear of deportation, they've made great contributions to America -- including joining our armed forces and risking their lives for our country.
Simply put, this is unacceptable and we won't stand by and let it happen. Just last month Speaker Paul Ryan told a DACA recipient that she did not have to worry about being deported under the new administration. The good news is attorneys have filed a suit over this arrest and are demanding an explanation.
In the first weeks of this administration, we've already seen the courts rule against discriminatory policy. Their unconstitutional executive order banning entry to America for refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority nations was quickly halted, and multiple courts have ruled against it -- one determining that it violates due process and another stating that it violates the principle of freedom of religion.
We don't have to accept illegal, discriminatory actions from this new administration -- our collective voices have the power to keep this movement going strong.
DREAMers should not only be shielded from these arrests, but should be guaranteed unequivocally that their protections will remain intact. If the administration won't make that guarantee, then Congress should pass legislation to take this out of their hands -- there are already bipartisan bills on the table.
Here's something you can do right now: Call your senator and demand that DREAMers are guaranteed the right to continue living in and contributing to America without fear of arrests or deportation.
Organizing for Action
P.S. -- Here's the full story on the DREAMer I mentioned above. Days later, he's still in custody.
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