FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Battleground Texas on Trump’s End to DACA
Austin, Texas — Oscar Silva, Battleground Texas Political Director, issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s end to DACA:
“The Trump administration announced today that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 800,000 DREAMers — young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents — can no longer live, work, and go to school in the United States without threat of deportation.
“Texas is home to the second-largest number of DREAMers in our country. More than 120,000 Texans came forward to apply, passed rigorous background checks, and are contributing an estimated $6.1 billion annually to our state economy. What’s more, DREAMers are a part of our community and who we are. They are our young teachers, and our young lawyers, members of our military, and some of our brightest students. We have become one, and we cannot let down the fight.
“DREAMers are our friends, and our neighbors, and for some of us, our family. DREAMers are Texans and Americans who make this country proud. Ending DACA won’t only affect families and communities, and hurt our economy; it is a direct attack on the American Dream and on our Texas values, and we will not give up this fight.”
About Battleground Texas: With its size and diversity, Texas ought to be a place where local races are hotly-contested and anyone who wants to be Commander in Chief has to compete. Battleground Texas is a grassroots organization dedicated to turning Texas into a battleground state by treating it like one. Battleground Texas is focused on expanding the electorate by registering more voters – and, as importantly, mobilizing those Texans who are already registered but who have not been engaged in the democratic process. And we’re using the data-driven, people-focused approach that has helped win grassroots campaigns around the country. More can be found at battlegroundtexas.com