ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Sept. 6, 2017)–Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated March 2018. With the six-month delay in enforcement, Congress now has the opportunity to address the issue of immigration in a fair, appropriate and equitable way.
“With the announcement that the DACA program will be rescinded, our attention turns to Congress to urge bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. Now, policymakers have a momentous opportunity towork together to provide real solutions that benefit our nation’s diverse and talented youth and their families,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “National PTA encourages our 4 million members to mobilize by reaching out to their members of Congress, urging them to pass legislation that provides the young immigrants who have received protection under DACA the ability to reach their fullest potential. Their future and our nation’s future depend on it.”
National PTA has long believed that every child residing in the United States—regardless of their immigration status—has the right of access to a high-quality public education, adequate food and shelter, and basic health care services. Ensuring that all children, including immigrant children, have the opportunity to become productive members of society is essential and in the best interest of the nation.
“Access to an education and essential services is the most effective method to give children—and our nation—the best opportunity to succeed. These services should not be denied to any child,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “At National PTA, our motto is ‘Every Child, One Voice,’ and one of our founding principles is to advocate for children and families who are most vulnerable. With yesterday’s announcement, our association raises our voice for the 800,000 young immigrants who are impacted.”
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA