WILLIAMS DENOUNCES TRUMP'S CLOSURE OF DACA PROGRAM
New York, NY: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader, released the following statement regarding today's announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Trump administration has formally ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER WILLIAMS
"Foremost, nothing this administration does should come as a surprise to people of goodwill. To formally rescind the DACA program and order the Dept. 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.
"Rather than simply expressing our outrage, those of us with the power to do so, need to formulate and enact plans of action. We need to challenge this executive action in the courts, while putting pressure on Congress to address this issue legislatively and humanely.
"As the son of Grenadian immigrants, I am urging the Caribbean community to mobilize with more urgency on this issue. This issue will almost certainly endanger scores of Caribbean immigrants and it is imperative that we join with our more active Latino brothers and sisters to make our voices heard loudly on this issue. We must all become a part of the resistance. This President has made it clear that he's coming for all of us- whether we choose to acknowledge it or not."