On September 5, 2017 the Trump Administration ended DACA, upending the lives of about 800,000 immigrant young people who call the United States home. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, gives protection from deportation and work authorization to immigrants who came to this country as children and have pursued an education here since 2012, when President Obama announced the program. As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to issue a ruling on the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, the lives of immigrant youth across the country are again thrust into uncertainty and many face the threat of deportation and separation from their families and the only country they know.
In New Jersey, there are 53,000 DACA eligible individuals. About 16,620 individuals currently have active DACA status since Trump ended the program and blocked potentially eligible individuals from applying. With DACA many immigrant young people in New Jersey have been able to graduate college, get a job, and have health insurance. About 5,200 U.S. citizen children in New Jersey have a DACA parent. DACA-eligible New Jersey residents earned an estimated $811.9 million in New Jersey in 2015, and paid an estimated $100 million in state and local taxes. If DACA workers were removed from the economy, New Jersey would lose an estimated $1.587 billion in annual GDP losses. Immigrant young people with DACA have been given the opportunity to thrive not just survive.
Dreamers from Make the Road New Jersey, joined by legislators, including Assemblyman Mukherji will launch the platform in an online press conference.
WHO: Make the Road New Jersey, Dreamer leaders, including Frontline COVID-19 health workers and New Jersey legislators, including Assemblyman Mukherji
WHAT: Zoom Press Conference Launching New Jersey is our Home: A Platform for How New Jersey can stand up for Dreamers
WHEN: April 8, 2020, NOON
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