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

For Immediate Release:
November 13, 2019
Contact: Jesus Ramirez, Vice President of Marketing
Email: [email protected]

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 allowed eligible people to request deferred action for a period of two years (subject to renewal), granting them a lawful presence in the United States so they could attend school and apply for employment authorization. In 2017, the Trump administration moved to end the DACA program. Immigrant advocates have since presented a legal challenge to allow existing DACA recipients to renew their status. Today, November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court listened to oral arguments to determine if the Trump administration ended the program lawfully. 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 unequivocally supports our members and those with DACA status and calls on the Supreme Court 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. Universities should also 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.

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/ 

 

About Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc.

Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. was founded in 1985 at the Ohio State University as a Latino-interest fraternity by 13 Noble men and women. The mission of Alpha Psi Lambda is to promote continued personal and collective growth of our membership, success and unity through education, leadership, cultural awareness and community service. The Fraternity has 36 collegiate chapters and 6 affiliate chapters. 

Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc.
PO BOX 804835
Chicago, IL, 60680
http://www.alphapsilambda.net
The Nation’s First and Largest, Coed, Latino-interest Fraternity
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