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Friday, November 20, 2015

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health commemorates the one-year anniversary of the president’s announcement of the expanded DACA and DAPA programs.

Press Release
Washington
Loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

“One year ago today, President Obama acted within his clear and well-precedented constitutional and legal authority to announce a series of executive actions that would protect nearly five million immigrants and their families from the threat of deportation.

“On this same day, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) stood alongside communities across the country to welcome the expansion of the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the creation of a new deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens and permanent resident children, to be known as the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program.

“According to estimates from the Migration Policy Institute, 300,000 young immigrants would qualify for DACA under the expanded guidelines, and nearly 3.6 million parents - 54% of whom are immigrant women- could receive relief under DAPA.

“However, due to dishonest and heartless political maneuvering by anti-immigrant legislators, the implementation of the DAPA and expanded DACA programs remains on hold. And so, the lives of millions of young people and their families continue to be filled with a constant and impending fear of deportation.

“Today, as we commemorate an important milestone in addressing our nation’s broken immigration system, let us also be reminded of the strength and resilience in immigrant communities. It is the same strength and resilience which pressured President Obama and his administration to take commonsense action to improve the lives of immigrant youth, and to relieve U.S.-born children of immigrants from the fear of losing a parent to a broken system. In this way, more families, together, could have the opportunity to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations, in order to build a brighter future.

“We are encouraged by the Administration’s swift action in bringing this case to the Supreme Court, which we believe will recognize the harm done by delaying these programs and do what is right by allowing them to move forward.

“In the meantime, NLIRH believes that there are many tangible steps that the Obama administration can take so that all families are treated with the fairness, dignity, and respect that they deserve.

“We recommend that the Administration continues to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act by removing the ban restricting DACA-eligible youth from accessing the comprehensive, quality, and affordable healthcare they need. We also urge the Obama administration to review its detention and deportation policies to ensure that the civil and human rights of all immigrants are protected.

“NLIRH will continue to mobilize families and communities to advance a more compassionate and inclusive immigration system.”

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.