ROUNDUP: STATEMENTS ABOUT DACA'S TERMINATION BY
AAPI GROUPS
From APIAVote

The lives of young undocumented immigrants are at stake. We at APIAVote recognize that many of our partner organizations
are advancing immigrants' rights, so we are uplifting their messages through this roundup.

In the wake of President Trump’s decision to end DACA, Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations around the
nation responded with statements affirming the lives of young undocumented immigrants. The program, “Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals,” temporarily protected recipients from deportation proceedings.

One out of seven Asian immigrants are undocumented, and the top Asian ethnic groups affected are people of Indian,
Chinese and Filipino descent.
Here is a roundup of statements by local and state organizations so far:

MinKwon Center For Community Action | New York
“This decision not only ignores the sentiments of a majority of Americans, but goes against our country’s values, morality
and sense of justice.  It takes 800,000 young Americans out of our workforce, out of public service, out of mainstream
American life and drives them back into the shadows of our society, and back into the fear of deportation and separation
from their families, their friends, and their communities.” [excerpted]

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon | Oregon
“When these young adults applied for the program, they followed program conditions, went through extensive vetting, paid
large administrative fees. They gave government personal information. In turn, the government would seek a permanent fix
to help them stay in the country they call home.
“They were asked to trust and register with the government. They did. For these undocumented folks, it’s a leap of faith in a
country that is their home, but doesn’t recognize them as Americans. Now in six short months, the federal government is
going to use this information to target them.” [excerpted]

OCA-Greater LA | California
"President Trump has assured DREAMers in the past to not worry, to trust his leadership, but 800,000 DACA recipients will
currently face the chilling reality of an agenda rooted in white supremacy, inhumanity, and exclusivity. We must continue to
fight on behalf of our immigrant families and futures. We must hold the administration accountable for their actions of
making today a dark day in our nation’s history." [excerpted]

Asian Services in Action, Inc. | Ohio
“Asian Services in Action, Inc. (Asia, Inc.) issued a statement today condemning the President’s decision, and reaffirming
our commitment to support and stand in full solidarity with Dreamers and affected communities. The organizations is also
urging Congress to enact a permanent, bipartisan legislative solution that would protect DACA recipients and provide a
pathway to citizenship.” [excerpted]
NCAPA Outraged at Announcement to End DACA

From National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) is outraged at Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement this
morning to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, a program that has benefitted
hundreds of thousands of promising young people since it began five years ago.

This heartless decision is a continuation of  this Administration’s attack on immigrant communities. Ending DACA further
exacerbates the Trump Administration’s pattern of hostility toward vulnerable communities, including immigrants, people of
color and the LGBTQ community, especially as he continues to push for a southern border wall and stand behind his
statements praising white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

NCAPA reaffirms our commitment to fight for communities hurt by this decision. We also call on Congress to act quickly to
pass the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017 that would provide relief for young immigrants before the DACA program ends. The
following are statements from Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders within NCAPA:

Quyen Dinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) and NCAPA Chair:
"SEARAC is deeply disappointed with President Trump for caving under pressure instead of exercising the moral courage to
do the right thing. If the administration wants Congress to pass legislation to protect these 800,000 people, then they should
keep DACA intact until Congress is able to do so. There is very little difference between the young people of the DACA
program and our refugee community - people looking for nothing more than freedom in this land of the free. We stand ready to
fight and protect families that will suffer the repercussions of this heartless policy decision. We call on congressional leaders
to defend the rights of all immigrants and refugees by enacting long-term, humane legislation that protects the vulnerable and
keeps families together."

Vicki Shu, OCA National Vice President of Public Affairs:
“We are outraged at President Trump's decision to end DACA. Terminating DACA will irreparably harm undocumented
immigrant communities. Over 800,000 DACA recipients, approximately 16,000 of whom are AAPI, will now be forced to go
back into hiding. By canceling DACA, President Trump has failed both morally and politically. In light of the President's failure,
Congress must swiftly pass the DREAM Act or similar legislation. OCA, NCAPA, and our partners must hold our elected
officials accountable for forcing our communities back into the shadows.”

Jung Woo Kim, Co-lead of National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) #DreamAction17:
“Congress must move immediately to pass a clean, stand-alone DREAM Act that does not harm other immigrants. Such
legislation should not use youth as bargaining chips to criminalize their parents and increase border and interior
enforcement. We also call for a moratorium on deportations, with absolutely no data sharing [between local law enforcement
and ICE] to facilitate immigration enforcement actions.”

John C. Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC):
“DACA is a legal, successful, common sense policy that has transformed the lives of the nearly 800,000 young immigrants.
We stand together with DACA recipients, including more than 16,000 Asian Americans, many of whom have pursued higher
education, financially provided for themselves and their families, and contributed to the growth of the economy and the
strength of America – all because the DACA program afforded them a chance. It is morally unconscionable for our
government to strip these young men and women of the protections DACA has provided, after our government had asked
these young people to come out of the shadows and trust the government to protect them. We are committed to fighting for the
communities harmed by this decision and urge Congress to enact a permanent legislative solution.”

Kathy Ko Chin, President and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF):
“DACA has allowed immigrant children and young adults to grow, learn, thrive, and contribute to their communities without
fear of deportation. Doing away with this program takes away opportunities from students who want to learn, employees who
want to work, and a generation of young immigrants with fresh ideas. Immigrants and their families are the foundation of our
nation’s history and our policies must reflect that.”

Jeffrey Caballero, Executive Director, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO):
"AAPCHO knows that the wellbeing of our patient communities suffers when they are subjected to deportation fears and other
threats. This administrative decision hurts aspiring Americans, their families and all of our communities by cutting a program
designed to create jobs and grow our economy. We stand committed to the needs of all members of our communities and
will continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform."

Alvina Yeh, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA):
“We are outraged and heartbroken by this disgusting move that targets and endangers hundreds of thousands of young
immigrants for deportation. The administration’s brazen agenda laced with racism, hate, and xenophobia continues to
threaten the very existence of ours- and allied- communities. APALA will not tolerate the mass criminalization of people of
color nor will we be idle as our family, friends, and co-workers come under immediate threat.”

Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT):
“We are outraged at the President's decision to terminate DACA, a program that has helped 800,000 immigrants obtain work
permits, build lives, contribute to our communities, and strengthen our country. This is the latest in a litany of anti-immigrant
measures by this administration that rejects our history as the quintessential nation of immigrants. America deserves a
commonsense immigration process, one that includes a roadmap for new Americans who aspire to be citizens. We must
demand policies that are consistent with our core values as a nation, and we must make our voices heard and demand
Congress reform our immigration policies now. We are America and we are here to stay.”

Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF):
“We are deeply concerned about the administration’s decision to dismantle the DACA program. We have seen the great
successes of DACA, and we fear for the safety and well-being of the young people, including more than 16,000 Asian
Americans, who would be left vulnerable to deportation in the absence of DACA. Deportation tears families apart and
negatively impact the economic stability, employment, health, and reproductive choices of every person impacted by it. We will
continue to resist this administration’s hateful and anti-immigrant policies, and we will stand strong with our partners and the
800,000 young immigrants who make this country great.”


David Inoue, Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL):
“The Japanese American Citizens League is gravely disappointed by the President’s repeal of DACA in spite of his previous
suggestions he might continue to support its continuation. The removal of DACA protections is especially cruel and vicious to
the youth who have grown up knowing only the United States as their country. We see a direct parallel for these Dreamers to
the loss of rights for Japanese issei (first generation immigrants) during their World War II incarceration.”

Cyndie M. Chang, President, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA):
“Ending protections for some of the most vulnerable in the immigrant community is a step back from progress. President
Trump’s decision means that hundreds of thousands immigrants and their families now face an uncertain future. The
Administration’s decision and their enforcement priorities underscore the need for Congress to enact meaningful
immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. We urge Congress to take a first step and protect these youth by
passing the bipartisan DREAM Act, sponsored by Senators Graham and Durbin. We stand with our immigrant communities,
and urge our elected officials to do the same.”

Brendan Flores, National Chairman, National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA):
“The security and opportunity afforded to DACA recipients is a true representation of the American Dream. Eliminating DACA
protections unjustly rips away the ladder of opportunity for hard-working people, divides families, and pushes immigrant
communities back into the shadows. NaFFAA stands in solidarity with diverse community organizations fighting for the nearly
800,000 young individuals - including nearly 5,000 Filipinos - who have benefited from DACA so that they can reach their full
potential.”

Glenn D. Magpantay, Executive Director, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA):
“DACA was never a perfect program, but it was a step in the right direction. President Trump's mean-spirited cancellation of
DACA will force 800,000 people to live in even greater fear. Hard-working DACA young people are the ones who are truly
making America great.”

Rishi Bagga, President, South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA):
“SABA North America strongly opposes President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. These young people, brought to the
United States as children, have shown a desire to conform with the law, and are likely to be punished for doing so.
DREAMERS were brought to the U.S. by their parents in hopes of a better life. As children, they did not choose to break the
law. Most of these young men and women have never returned to the countries of their birth, and many do not even speak the
language of their native countries. Rescinding DACA effectually takes away these young people’s right to live in the only
country they have ever known.”