The crackdown on immigration puts young people’s lives in limbo
Since 2012, DACA gave deportation protections and work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and who met other requirements. As DACA was bringing these young people out of the shadows to start school, jobs and families, the Trump-Pence administration decided to end it. That decision makes it harder for many young immigrants to access health care and puts their health in jeopardy.
Courts have slowed the decision to end DACA, and upcoming rulings will determine its future. In the meantime, recipients remain at risk of permanently losing their protections.AL DÍA
The administration has repeatedly blocked attempts to pass the Dream Act, which would allow a pathway to citizenship, without harsh border security or immigration enforcement provisions.New York Magazine
In a congressional DACA meeting in January 2018, Trump said the U.S. should welcome immigrants from Norway — whose citizens are mostly white — instead of "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.Hip Latina
9 in 10 Americans believe Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the United States.
Undocumented immigrants live in fear and uncertainty
Living under constant threat causes anxiety that hurts their whole families’ health and wellbeing.
DACA changed my life. I was able to get a license, get a [job] and apply for college... Now that it has been taken away, I do not know what my future and that of so many members of my community holds.”
Most states don’t allow DACA recipients to access public health benefits like Medicaid, so their only insurance option is often employer-sponsored — which depends on DACA work permits.Latino USA