Alpha Psi Lambda Stands United in Support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

In 2012, President Barack Obama announced that undocumented minors  who came to the United States as children and meeting specific conditions would be protected against deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program allows eligible people to request deferred action for a period of two years (subject to renewal), granting them lawful presence in the United States so they can attend school and apply for employment authorization. Since 2012, nearly 800,000 have received work permits and deportation relief through the DACA program. Many of the DACA recipients risked exposing their unauthorized status by submitting the DACA application and now face the possibility that the information they provided could be used to separate them from their families.


Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. unequivocally supports our members and those with DACA status and calls on the President and Congress to act immediately to preserve the protections against deportation for those in the DACA program. Additionally, we encourage our members to:


Seek support and guidance from trusted and knowledgeable advisors. If you have DACA status, you should consult with your immigration lawyer to learn about your options.


Reach out to your support networks. We encourage everyone to seek support in ways that are helpful to you and others. Talking with university staff, spiritual/religious advisors, friends, and family about your feelings is a good start.  If you think you may be experiencing an episode of depression or suicidal thoughts, we have included links to crisis hotlines below. We also encourage any member to meet with a counselor from your university’s counseling center.


Tell your universities you want them to make public statements in support of DACA students. Ask your universities what kind of resources they will provide such as mental health counseling, legal consultation, support for enrollment, scholarships, and financial aid. Also, Universities should be able to explain the roles of campus and local police in immigration matters and identify a representative to work with DACA students.


Contact policymakers and let them know where you stand.  Find your representative’s contact information at the link provided below.


This has been a challenging few weeks following the events in Charlottesville, Hurricane Harvey and now the termination of the DACA program. We ask our members to show support for each other. Our membership spans over 32 years. Familia is eternal. Neither time, nor race, nor space will divide us. #DefendDACA


In Solidarity,

The National Executive Board of Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc.


Resources: 

National Immigration Law Center - https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/


Immigrant Legal Resource Center - https://www.ilrc.org/daca


Free Mental Health Hotline Numbers - https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/mental-health-hotline/


United We Dream - https://unitedwedream.org/


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services - https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca


Find Your Representative - https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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