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CLUES statement on DACA termination

September 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

Today the President and his administration announced their rejection of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Ending DACA threatens millions of young people with separation from their families and the only country they’ve ever known as home.

“It is a sad day in America,” stated Ruby Lee, President of CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio – Latino Communities United in Service). “Dreamers have been in this country for many years and have earned the right to stay. They contribute to their communities, they pay taxes, they are consumers and they help us meet the need we have for workers today.”

Immigrants contribute more than $1 trillion per year to the economy of this country. While brought to the United States as children, DACA participants are now adults who are educated, skilled workers. The notion that we could lose these skilled individuals who represent the workforce of tomorrow is devastating. In Minnesota alone, we will need 145,000 additional workers by 2020. With workforce demands growing faster than the working age population, DACA Dreamers can help us meet these goals.

We call on the President and Congress to act immediately to protect the rights of Dreamers by providing a permanent solution to their immigration status. There is bipartisan legislation ready to move action forward. We urge all Minnesotans to stand with us to defend DACA participants and to help us seek a permanent solution for these young people to continue to contribute to their communities and the country they call home.

At CLUES, we are committed to continuing to support Dreamers and all immigrant families by connecting them to programs and resources that can help them realize their own American Dream. CLUES’ doors are open to provide information and resources for immigrant families and Dreamers.

Please continue to follow our Facebook page and our website at www.clues.org for updates.

CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio-Latino Communities United in Service) is Minnesota’s largest Latino-led organization, founded in 1981 for Latinos and by Latinos. CLUES mission is to enhance the capacity of Latino families to be healthy, prosperous and engaged in their communities. We help expand access and opportunities for our clients, while advocating for the elimination of barriers faced by our communities.

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