Nearly 200,000 of the 800,000 Dreamers, or young people that are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, live in California.
Ending DACA is counter to what we at the California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC) value and so CAHC stands alongside DACA Dreamers and all immigrant communities as this program is under attack. As an organization that promotes and advocates for the rights of our state's most vulnerable youth, CAHC is deeply concerned with the impacts ending DACA will have on Dreamers and their families - their access to health care, education and jobs, all critical to the health and wellness of young people and their communities, would be impacted and this is unacceptable.
The criminalization and deportation of young people that had no choice in the matter when it came to their arrival in the U.S. (the average age of Dreamers when they arrived is six years old), and have known no other country besides the U.S., is unconscionable. We must continue to fight for our nation’s most vulnerable populations in the same way we did when the Affordable Care Act came under attack.
Mary Pittman, CEO of the Public Health Institute, describes the criminalization of undocumented immigrants as a public health issue. Please check out her full statement on the PHI website:
"America is a nation of immigrants, and the Public Health Institute stands with each of them, regardless of immigration status. PHI decries, in the strongest of terms, the federal administration’s misguided call to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program."