Last month, United States President Donald Trump announced that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision prompted immediate reaction from Caribbean American politicians:
“To formally rescind the DACA program and order the Department of Homeland Security to stop processing any new applications sends a continued message that some lives matter more than others in the eyes of this president. We should not take these types of steps lightly. History teaches us that deportations and the threats of them have been used as a measure to dehumanize, ostracize and as prelude to legitimize horrors that followed” - New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams, son of Grenadian parents.
“This reckless and cruel decision (to end DACA) constitutes a vicious attack on hundreds of thousands of young women and men who want to attend college, find jobs, and participate in our civil society” – U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, daughter of Jamaican immigrants.
“(The end DACA) move to force thousands of individuals who have worked hard to be productive members of society is now pressuring them to retreat back to the shadow. Families are worried that, after trusting in good faith, to self-report themselves to government for legitimacy that they may now face consequences. This will lead to increased public mistrust and setbacks in our immigration policy, which will hurt our community in the 2020 census” - New York State Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, daughter of St. Martin and Aruba immigrants.
* “(Ending DACA) will tear apart families and communities, while forcing young people to live in the shadows” - acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, who traces his roots to Puerto Rico.