REGIONAL: US congresswoman of Caribbean descent wants permanent status in US for Caribbean ‘Dreamers’

By Jamaica Observer

2017-06-19-11_07_54-caribbean_american-congresswoman-wants-permanent-status-in-us-for-caribbean-dreWASHINGTON DC, USA – Caribbean/American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has called on the US Congress to pass legislation that would grant permanent status for Caribbean and others involved in the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, also known as the “Dream Programme”.

“Since DACA was created in 2012, more than 750,000 young women and men have used the program to expand their participation in our civil society, attend college, and start careers, all in the pursuit of the American Dream. Their contributions have been invaluable and their remarkable stories are now stitched into the fabric of this nation,” said Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants.

“But the DACA program remains under threat,” said Clarke, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, in an interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on Saturday. “DACA recipients have been unlawfully arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and needlessly detained.

“We cannot, in good conscience, allow Donald Trump to undermine their expectations or diminish their contributions,” she continued. “Congress must act to secure their permanent status in the United States.”

According to new memoranda issued by the Trump administration, the President will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children.

But White House officials on Friday said that Trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the programme and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them.

However, the US Department of Homeland Security has announced that it would continue the Obama-era programme intended to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them with work permits so they can find legal employment.

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