In response to a federal judge’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, NextGen America President Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez released the following statement:
“Today’s decision is a devastating blow to DACA recipients – many of which have only ever known this country as their home. Judge Hanen is an anti-immigrant, Republican-appointed judge who does not represent the sentiments of young people in our country and the young immigrants most impacted by this ruling.
“Immigrants deserve to be treated with dignity, and young people across the country are advocating for policies that welcome immigrants and respect their rights. It’s time to build a just immigration system and permanent pathway to citizenship that lives up to the values America aspires to achieve.
“Despite today’s ruling, our fight for immigrant protections continues. In particular, we’re urging Congress and President Biden to pass the American Dream and Promise Act and other legislation that protects DACA recipients and immigrant youth. NextGen will continue advocating and pushing for legislative action to protect immigrant youth, our families, and our communities.”
About NextGen America
NextGen America is the leading national organization for engaging young people through voter education, registration and mobilization. We invite 18-to-35 year olds — the largest and most diverse generation in American history — into our democracy to ensure our government works for them and to find new solutions to the dire challenges facing our society and the world. Since 2013, NextGen America has registered more than 1.3 million young voters and contacted 9.6 million young eligible voters during the historic 2022 midterm elections.