TPS and DACA Holders Deserve Real Solutions

Chicago, 20 de enero de 2019 – In an address from the White House this afternoon, President Trump proposed temporary protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in exchange for $5.7 billion to fund a border wall, an attempt to end a government shutdown now in its fourth week. Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, issued the following statement in response:

“Se necesita urgentemente llegar a un acuerdo para poner fin al actual cierre parcial del gobierno, poner a los empleados del gobierno a trabajar nuevamente y promover un diálogo productivo sobre la política de inmigración y la seguridad nacional. Sin embargo, los estadounidenses de conciencia deben ver la propuesta de hoy por lo que realmente es: un intento cínico de jugar al fútbol político con las vidas de más de un millón de personas con profundas raíces en los Estados Unidos.

The need to build permanent protections for TPS and DACA beneficiaries is urgent, as is the need to invest in policies and programs that advance safety and security for all people across the Americas. Yet this proposal—spoken from the mouth of the man whose reckless policymaking has compromised the lives of millions of U.S. government employees, put hundreds of thousands of migrant families in harm’s way, and eroded the political stability of our hemisphere—makes a mockery of the notion of sensible compromise.  The Trump Administration’s actions have already disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people and TPS holders. Keeping their protections and work permits in place is a necessary starting point, but these populations also deserve an opportunity to become legal permanent residents.

Building security solutions for Americans means fostering safety and security across the Americas. The roots of our woes—the drug trade, gang violence, eroding democratic institutions, and yawning inequality—are shared across borders. Attempting to ‘wall off’ these problems with additional militarization of our southern border, or by denying people their legitimate right to seek humanitarian protection and asylum, will only promote greater divisions in our society, while allowing our problems to fester.  

En lugar de una explotación cínica de preocupaciones legítimas, necesitamos una búsqueda genuina de acuerdos constructivos por parte de los líderes demócratas y republicanos.

Alianza Americas es una red de 50 organizaciones lideradas por inmigrantes que representan a más de 100,000 familias en todo Estados Unidos. Es la única organización basada en los Estados Unidos arraigada en las comunidades de inmigrantes latinos y caribeños que trabaja a nivel transnacional para crear una forma de vida inclusiva, equitativa y sostenible. COPAL es miembro de Alianza Americas.

CONTACTOS
Amy Shannon: ashannon@alianzaamericas.org
Yancy Nuñez: ynunez@alianzaamericas.org