Dean Trasviña Responds to Trump Administration’s DACA Announcement
In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement Sept. 5 that it will formally end DACA, which protects from deportation nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña released the following:
Statement from Dean John Trasviña
Any faint chance of truth in the president’s vow to consider the plight of DACA students “with a big heart” was abruptly erased by the Attorney General’s DACA announcement this morning.
The Trump Administration leaves the 800,000 DACA recipients who are currently able to be self-supporting, working or studying members of our communities with virtually no chance of retaining their status.
The attorney general was right on just one thing — our immigration policy should serve the needs of the nation. But failing to offer a solution to the DACA issue is an abdication of that duty to serve.
Instead of committing to work with Congress on the issue, the president adds DACA recipients to the long list of immigrants he and the Bannon/Breitbart wing of his party despise or fear — children fleeing persecution; family members waiting decades in the legal line to enter the United States; refugees; Muslims and on and on.
Across the country, Republicans, independents, and Democrats, teachers, unions, business leaders, faith leaders, and young people have demonstrated strong support for DACA recipients also known as DREAMers — all of whom came to the U.S. at a young age with their parents. DREAMers have acknowledged their unlawful status, have studied and/or served in the military, learned English, paid their fines and fees, and now are able to be self-sufficient. Without DACA, they either will remain in the United States cut off from jobs with no way to use or pay for the educations our communities have invested in them, or the administration will initiate the largest removal of persons since the shameful Japanese American internment episode.
Just this past week, the House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican members of Congress from states that do not always agree — California, Florida, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Washington — sought action to pass a bill for the DREAMers. They should be joined by others.
Senators and members of Congress must lead where the president has fallen down on the job. Now is the time for the majority of Americans who support the DREAMers to tell Washington to act.