End of Program for Young Immigrants “Runs Counter to What Has Made America Great”

//End of Program for Young Immigrants “Runs Counter to What Has Made America Great”

Today U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.

This spiteful executive action runs counter to what has made America and Texas great. Our country and our state were built by the irrepressible spirit of people from all over the country and the world. I am proud that Texas was the first state to recognize the value of helping all our students pursue a college education, a career, and a pathway to becoming productive, engaged citizens. These young people embody the spirit of Texas – working hard to overcome personal hardships, help their families and communities, and build a better society.

While the Trump Administration will use the six-month delay to point the finger at Congress, make no mistake that it is the President who is dashing the hopes and dreams of young people protected by the DACA program. Ending DACA is contrary to Texas values and bad for the Texas economy. These young people pay tuition at state colleges and universities, work for Texas businesses, and contribute to their communities. They long to give back to Texas and our country, which for most is the only home they have ever known.

CPPP will continue to stand with Texas immigrants and their families, educators, and the business community to protect pathways to opportunity for immigrants in Texas. We call on Congress to step up now and treat people as people, helping us to maintain a strong modern economy.

A renowned social justice lawyer, former philanthropy executive, and frequent public speaker and writer, Ann Beeson joined the Center in 2013. She was previously the Executive Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations, where she promoted human rights, justice, and accountability nationwide. Beeson was the national Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she worked from 1995-2007. She argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, litigated numerous cases around the country, and launched groundbreaking programs to stop the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security and to protect free speech and privacy on the Internet. Beeson has been recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal. A proud Texan, Beeson has embraced a wide range of innovative strategies to advance social change. Before joining the Center, she launched a new non-profit to involve the creative sector in social change. In 2012-13, she was a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas, where she co-produced a public media series to inspire more people to get engaged in their communities. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas. Beeson obtained her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and served as law clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, then chief judge of the Northern District of Texas.

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