Green Women Rising, the Green Party of Utah’s Women’s Caucus, stands in opposition to President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Green Women Rising considers this move an act of war on innocent human beings and the security of the United States of America. As with all war, halting DACA is inhumane, immoral and is a blatant attack on human lives, mostly children. Rescinding DACA also affects the U.S. economy, moral fortitude and world reputation.
Research has demonstrated that the DACA program has, since its inception, increased the wages and labor force participation of DACA-eligible immigrants and reduced the number of unauthorized immigrant households living in poverty. Almost half of DACA recipients are women. More than half attend college, with 50 recipients attending Harvard University. Over ninety percent of DACA recipients are employed and none have ever had legal issues. These facts demonstrate that DACA recipients are model U.S. citizens.They have significant buying power that boosts the economy and they bring their culture of family, hard work and perseverance to this country. Immigrants bring life, color and different ways of thinking that fuels ingenuity, the economy, the arts, sciences and technology. In other words, the impact of the contributions of DACA recipients is paramount to a thriving culture.
The Green Party espouses the key value of Respect for Diversity, wherein we believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across the human spectrum. We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We encourage respect for all life forms, and increased attention to the preservation of biodiversity, which is reflected in the DACA. Ending DACA takes away the dream of life as an educated and productive member of the society they have come to know and love.
Green Women Rising denounces this act of war by the administration and urges Congress to stop this outrageous attempt at perpetuating the White Supremacy agenda which has no place in this world. We also urge Utah to join with other states in bringing litigation to the White House in an effort to halt the demise of DACA.
Center for American Progress: “DACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to Grow”
Harvard Kennedy Journal of Hispanic Policy
Green Party Platform: http://www.gp.org/platform
Green Women Rising will organize and act to advance the rights and concerns of all those who identify as or with women.