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

For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2020
Contact: Jesus Ramirez, Vice President of Marketing
Email: [email protected]

Chicago, IL - On Monday, June 08, 2020, the Supreme Court may determine if the Trump administration ended the program lawfully. However, the decision is subject to further delays. It is unclear how the status of DACA recipients will be affected in the event that the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Trump administration. The future is uncertain, but we are in this together.

Nearly 800,000 have received work permits and deportation relief through the DACA program. More than 200,000 DACA recipients are employed in essential industries, with almost 30,000 recipients being healthcare workers. DACA recipients do not only have a presence in the economy but are necessary to restore the health of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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: 

Renew your DACA status as soon as possible. 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.

Ensure you are registered to vote. We have included information of upcoming statewide and national elections. We urge you to research the candidates up for election and their stance on DACA.

We ask our members to show support for each other—our membership spans over 35 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.

Sign a petition in support of DACA https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/save-daca
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/
Register to vote - https://www.eac.gov/voters/register-and-vote-in-your-state

States that have upcoming primaries:

  • Puerto Rico on June 7 & July 12
  • Georgia on June 9
  • North Dakota on June 9
  • Nevada on June 9
  • South Carolina on June 9
  • West Virginia on June 9 
  • Kentucky on June 23
  • Mississippi on June 23 
  • North Carolina on June 23
  • New York on June 23
  • South Carolina on June 23
  • Virginia on June 23
  • Colorado on June 30 
  • Oklahoma on June 30 
  • Utah on June 30
  • National Presidential Election on November 3

 

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 7 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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