29 Jun STATEMENT: TCRP statement on efforts by Texas Attorney General to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

 

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For Immediate Release
Thursday June 29, 2017

Contact: Zenen Jaimes Perez
Phone: 512.474.5073 ext. 116
Email: zenen@texascivilrightsproject.org


STATEMENT: TCRP statement on efforts by Texas Attorney General to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program


Austin, TX — In a letter dated today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as nine other state attorneys general and the governor of Idaho threatened to sue the Trump Administration if it does not rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program by September.

Over 124,000 immigrant youth have received work permits and deferral from deportation under DACA in Texas alone, and many more around the country. The letter does not represent a move by the Trump administration to terminate the program and DACA currently remains in place.

Efrén C. Olivares, the Racial & Economic Justice Director with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:

“For years, our Attorney General has pursued a misguided agenda to upend the lives of millions of immigrants in Texas, including those who were brought to this country as young children and call Texas home. Rather than looking out for the wellbeing of all people in Texas, we are disappointed to see the Attorney General focus his energy on attacking immigrant youth.”

“DACA recipients and their families are members of our communities. Since the inauguration of the new administration, they have lived with the constant specter of having their protections and ability to work ripped out from under them. We will not let the Attorney General’s action go unchallenged.”

“We are currently exploring legal options to protect DACA. In the meantime, we urge DACA recipients and their families to know their rights and get the facts: this letter does not mean that DACA has ended and the program and its protections remain in effect. Anyone who is in the process of renewing their DACA permit and who meets the requirements to do so can continue the process. ”

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Contacto: Zenén Jaimes Pérez, Director de Comunicaciones
Telefono: 512.474.5073 ext. 116
Email: zenen@texascivilrightsproject.org


COMUNICADO: Declaración de TCRP sobre los esfuerzos del Procurador General de Texas para poner fin al programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia

Austin, TX — En una carta, el Procurador General de Texas Ken Paxton, así como otros nueve procuradores generales y el gobernador de Idaho, amenazaron con demandar a la Administración de Trump si no rescinden el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por sus siglas en inglés) este Septiembre.

Más de 124,000 jóvenes inmigrantes en Texas han recibido permisos de trabajo y deferencia de deportación bajo DACA, y muchos más en todo el país. La carta no representa un  fin del programa y DACA actualmente permanece en su lugar.

Efrén C. Olivares, Director de Justicia Racial y Económica con el Texas Civil Rights Project, dijo:

“Por muchos años, nuestro Procurador General ha seguido una agenda equivocada para azotar las vida de millones de inmigrantes en Texas, incluyendo a aquellos que fueron traídos a este país como niños pequeños y llaman este estado su hogar. En vez de promulgar el bienestar de todas las personas en Texas, estamos decepcionados al ver al Procurador General enfocar su energía en atacar a los jóvenes inmigrantes. “

“Los beneficiarios de DACA y sus familias son miembros de nuestras comunidades. Desde la inauguración de la nueva administración, han vivido con el espectro constante de tener sus protecciones y sus permisos de trabajo  arrancados de sus manos. No dejaremos que las acciones del Procurador General sigan sin una lucha.”

“Actualmente estamos explorando opciones legales para proteger a DACA. Mientras tanto, exhortamos a los beneficiarios de DACA y sus familias a conocer sus derechos y recibir información correcta: esta carta no significa que DACA ha terminado y el programa y sus protecciones siguen en vigor. Cualquier persona que está en el proceso de renovar su permiso DACA y que cumpla con los requisitos para hacerlo puede continuar el proceso. “

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The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In its twenty-five year history, TCRP has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, fighting institutional discrimination, and reforming systems of criminal justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies — TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State.