#DefendDACA: Donald Trump announced that he is repealing the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. Many undocumented minors will be at risk of being deported to a country they know nothing about. New York, a city of immigrants, showed up at Foley Square to stand with immigrants and defend DACA.
Citizens take our citizenship for granted. It’s something most of us
never worry about or think about, and the majority of us have never
experienced life without it. As a consequence, we are incredibly out of
touch with what privileges come with citizenship and what our impact as
citizens can have on our undocumented friends and neighbors.
we are serious about defending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals) , organizing against ICE raids and detention centers, and
exploring other ways to exercise allyship with undocumented folks, there are precautions we must take.
against deportations and the forces that carry them out is not like campaigning for a candidate, an initiative, or other causes we may all
have experiences with- the risk is much higher. While organizing efforts
may very well include politicians and initiatives, the nature of the
work means that if we are not careful, we can literally get our
colleagues, friends, and their families locked up or deported.
should not consider the following list legal advice nor an exhaustive
list of precautions to take. If there are undocumented people in your
lives or on your campaigns, someone should be reaching out to get
familiar with their personal boundaries, risk levels, and safety plans.
[Bullet points from the list]:
1. Don’t “out” people who are undocumented.
2. Don’t “out” areas where undocumented people live.
prioritize appearing as though you are “centering those most affected”
above not getting those “most affected” deported.
4. Don’t list build if you don’t have to.
5. Protect your lists as if your own deportation depended on it.
6. Don’t put YOUR OWN name on lists.
7. Some things you can do on your own, in secret- and you should.
8. Understand that Homeland Security, ICE, and other federal agencies are not like your local police department.
9. Stop fucking inviting your undocumented friends to the detention center.
10. Do not
communicate about sensitive issues around documentation, immigration,
etc on phones or digital devices, let alone the internet.
11. This includes your encrypted apps like Signal.
12. This includes your email servers like RiseUp.Net.
13. This includes Slack.
14. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOUR CODER OR ANARCHIST FRIENDS SAID. DON’T TALK ABOUT SENSITIVE SHIT ON THE INTERNET.
15. Do not spread information that you are not COMPLETELY SURE is accurate and verified.
16. Do not post media of undocumented people on social media. Only videotape what is necessary and destroy what isn’t needed.
17. Take the time to understand all the risk undocumented people face and how they are treated differently in the legal system.
18. Don’t ask undocumented people to take coordinated arrests.
President Trump just put 800,000 young people’s lives in danger by announcing the end of DACA, a program established by President Obama to protect undocumented people who arrived to the United States as children, also known as Dreamers, from deportation.
Now, the best way to protect Dreamers is to call on Congress to pass the DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation that will give qualified young immigrants a pathway to citizenship.
Help protect the 800,000 young people who have been put at risk. We need to act now.