Statement from the College Democrats of New York on Trump's Plans to End DACA
"It is being reported that President Trump plans to terminate DACA, with a 6-month delay in enforcement. If this becomes reality, it will be just another sign of the hypocrisy in this country and administration’s claim to value freedom and equal opportunity. Being a DACA beneficiary, I have seen first-hand the benefits this program has brought for me and this country. It has allowed me to not constantly be in fear of deportation, to work and contribute to the country I have grown up in, and to pursue higher education.
"I and the nearly 800,000 other DACA recipients have jumped through many hoops to obtain this basic recognition from our government. As a requirement, we have all gone through extensive screening and forensics and paid fees to acquire this small reprieve. We are a group of students who did not choose to come to this country, but have made every effort to play by its rules. This beacon of hope, and our livelihoods, are now being used as a political tool. Our own safety and security are being dangled in front of us.
"For DACA recipients, there has not been a moment of peace in the last few weeks. We anxiously await the latest news, living in constant fear of what will become of our futures, while the President treats us as pawns in this twisted game show. For too long, we have been failed by our representatives, as they have failed to act time and time again. President Obama changed many of our lives for the better, but it has become apparent how fragile of a band aid this was. I can only thank those who have stood with us and those who continue to fight for our lives every day. We often forget the personal connection of politics, and in this case, I hope our elected officials will act to remediate this. As College Democrats, we stand with our DACA family, who are American in every way, except on paper. It is heartbreaking to be failed yet again by this country I couldn’t help but grow to love." - Izzy Sanchez, CDNY People of Color Caucus Chair