Director of Communication and Marketing
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
In Support of DACA Joint Statement
New York, New York - September 1, 2017
For the past five years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has provided undocumented young individuals (or dreamers), especially college-going students, to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation. The US Federal Government is expected to make an announcement shortly that would remove these protections which would have a profound impact in our communities and the economy at-large. United in our mission and purpose as men’s fraternal organizations, we must never forget the power we have when we stand united in our purpose and fight for our communities.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is the executive order by former US President Barack Obama which provides individuals, that came to this country as undocumented minors, protection from immediate deportation along with the ability for work authorization, which has led too many other opportunities. The termination of DACA will leave nearly 800,000 individuals without work but more importantly, it could make these individuals a top priority for deportation by the US Federal Government. Many of these people are also involved within each of our organizations.
We ask our members to come together and use our united organizational platform as a way to support all undocumented individuals. Our organizations have members, or families of our members, that may be undocumented and/or a DACA recipient. This is a time that WE must leverage our privilege to speak out for those that are under attack because of their documentation status. We ask that if you are able to, take action to #DefendDACA with one or more of the options below.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Find peaceful and nonviolent organizations in your area that provide a safe environment to peacefully assemble to protect undocumented folks while fighting against rhetoric that often dehumanizes our undocumented communities.
- There are two (2) documents linked below that were created by FWD.us so you and your university/college can identify ways to get involved with supporting undocumented individuals, including those with DACA.
- How Can Your College Protect Dreamers
- University Resource What is the Threat to DACA
- There are hundreds of immigrant rights and service organizations across the country that provide immigrants with access to numerous and needed resources. To locate an organization in your state, please find one from the Informed Immigrant online at www.informedimmigrant.com/organizations/.
- Contact the White House at (202) 456-1414 and urge the President to keep DACA until there is a permanent solution.
Sample script: "Hello my name is _____________ and I am calling on the President to keep DACA in place until there is a permanent solution. If terminated, nearly 1 million young people could lose their work permit, and could be vulnerable to enforcement. Please do the right thing and keep DACA in place."
- Call your Senator and House Representatives and implore them to support the 2017 DREAM Act (S. 1615). Contact your Congressional leaders by going online to dreamers.fwd.us/. Additional advocacy tools and a script can also be found on the website.
- United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, provides tools and resources for its affiliates and supporters, to help with your advocacy and direct service work! Information can be found online at unitedwedream.org/toolbox/.
Together we can be a strong collective voice to #DefendDACA and empower one another to support our undocumented young people and keep our families together for a better America.
United In Purpose to Defend DACA,
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.
Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.
Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc.
Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.