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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Stands With Young Immigrants Targeted by the Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement today after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was enacted in June 2012 to defer deportation and provide relief for undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before they turned 16-years-old and arrived before June 2007:

“Instead of putting young people on a pathway to citizenship, the administration's heartless act today forces immigrant children into the shadows of our society based solely on their immigrant status.  Reversing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program renders undocumented people targets for unscrupulous employers, wage theft, and other abuses in the workplace, limits educational opportunities, and weakens the economic well-being of their families, including their citizen spouses, siblings and offspring.  It is also a cruel example of how the current Administration’s advancement of policies that promote racial and ethnic profiling and xenophobia have further emboldened white nationalists, who have a history of contributing to a climate of fear and hate.

“The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law was established in 1963 by President Kennedy to ‘promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free.’  To those young people who dream to be free in the United States, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law stands with you.”

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a Communities Against Hate partner, leads the Stop Hate Project.  The Stop Hate Project works to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, local government, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with legal and social services resources and creating new ones in response to identified needs.  The Project’s resource and reporting hotline for hate incidents, 1-844-9-NO-HATE (1-844-966-4283), connects people and organizations combating hate with the resources and support they need.

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The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.

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