Sharon Stern Gerstman, president of
the New York State Bar Association, today issued the following statement about
the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:
York Bar Association urges Congress to act promptly to protect young immigrants
affected by the phased-in termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) program.
announcing that DACA will expire March 5, 2018, the Trump Administration noted
that Congress will have ‘time to deliver on appropriate legislative solutions.’
action by Congress, young immigrants—known as ‘Dreamers’—may face the prospect
of being deported to countries of their birth, countries that many left as
small children. They grew up in the United States, attended schools and
colleges here, and have become a vital part of our national economy. They work for small businesses and giant corporations. They are
business owners, construction workers, nurses, teachers, engineers and lawyers.
“Ending DACA will force 800,000 young people—and 50,000 in New
York—back into the shadows. It will cause irreparable harm to individuals,
families and communities, and to the nation’s economy.
must act without delay.”
The 72,000-member New
York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in the
nation. It was founded in 1876.
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