August 15th marks the 5th anniversary since the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application was filed. Since then, DACA has allowed 800,000 qualified immigrant youth to gain legal protection, go to college, and support their families and communities.
In late June, Republican attorney generals from ten states threatened to sue the Trump Administration if it does not end DACA by September 5, 2017. Ending DACA would mean all of these young people would be at risk of deportation and separation from their families and our communities. This would not only be senselessly cruel, but would also cost the country an estimated $460.3 billion in lost Gross Domestic Product over a decade, and tens of billions more in lost contributions to Medicare and Social Security.
All-of-us must stand together to #DefendDACA.