For Immediate Release
September 6, 2017
Contact: Chris LaTondresse
(202) 368-0139, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Baker Fulgham, President, The Expectations Project says Decision to Wind Down DACA Breaks our Nation’s Promise to Students
When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don’t take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am God, your God. – Leviticus 19:33-34 (MSG)
Dreamers represent some of the very best of those who call the United States home: they are compassionate neighbors, creative entrepreneurs, courageous service members, disciplined students, and engaged participants at every level of the American experiment. Stripping an estimated 800,000 of these young people of their protected status breaks a promise our nation has already extended to them and represents a betrayal of the sacred trust they have placed in us.
Of particular concern are the hundreds of thousands of DACA-eligible students who attend our public schools every single day. They should be free to focus on the promise and opportunity of a new school year rather than the fear of exposure and deportation. The President’s action chips away at that freedom.
As Americans and people of faith, we believe standing with these young people, praying for them, and taking action on their behalf is a matter of urgent moral concern. We oppose any attempt to take away that which has already been given: the opportunity to dream, thrive and contribute to the communities they call home. We call on our leaders to act quickly to protect these young people and keep the promises our nation has already made to them.