“President Trump’s decision to end the DACA programme ignores that history and dims the beacon of hope that America represents,” New York State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).
“It is morally wrong and it is based on ignorance and racism. DACA gives young immigrants who were brought here by their parents a chance to succeed and give back to the only country they know,” said Bichotte, the first Haitian American from New York City to be elected to the State Assembly.
“It gives these ‘Dreamers’ a chance to live without fear of deportation.”
Bichotte, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, noted that former US President Barack Obama introduced DACA in 2012 for undocumented minors to receive a two-year renewable deferred action from deportation and the ability to apply for a work permit, attend college, and serve in the military.
“As a child of Haitian immigrants, I am deeply affected by the President’s decision to end all the benefits and protections provided for 800,000 young people under DACA,” she said.
“I am thankful to Mayor Bill De Blasio for declaring New York City a sanctuary city, and to live in a state that values diversity and wants to provide a safe space for those New Yorkers who are particularly vulnerable because of their immigration status.”
Since its implementation, Bichotte said DACA has increased opportunities, improved lives and boosted America’s economy.
“Doing away with the program is not only morally wrong but economically irresponsible. These young people pay taxes, purchase homes, start businesses and create jobs. They help us build stronger communities and are embedded in the foundation of our states and our nation.
“They are Americans; this is their home, and we must not turn our backs on them .Congress must work immediately to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The need has never been greater.”
On Wednesday, a day after Trump’s decision to end DACA, a coalition of US Democratic attorneys general and others renewed their legal assault on the move.
In an echo of the campaign against Trump’s effort this year to ban travellers from parts of the Muslim world, a group of 16 attorneys general filed the lawsuit in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York, claiming that Trump had improperly upended DACA, according to reports.
Led by Attorneys General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York, Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Bob Ferguson of Washington, they alleged that Trump’s shift was driven by racial animus toward Mexican Americans and that the Trump administration failed to follow US federal rules governing executive policy making.
Almost immediately after Tuesday’s DACA announcement, some Caribbean American legislators in the United States strongly condemned the decision.
“This reckless and cruel decision constitutes a vicious attack on hundreds of thousands of young women and men who want to attend college, find jobs, and participate in our civil society,” US Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the CMC.
New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams, the son of Jamaican immigrants, said that, “foremost, nothing this administration does should come as a surprise to people of goodwill.
New York State Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, the daughter of St. Martin and Aruba immigrants, said that Trump’s “move to force thousands of individuals who have worked hard to be productive members of society is now pressuring them to retreat back to the shadows.”
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