Over the last few weeks, we’ve been hearing concerns from restaurant workers around the country about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. DACA allows undocumented young people who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and potentially a work permit. On Tuesday, the Trump Administration ended DACA.
Their decision is a cruel and shortsighted one. The courageous, young “Dreamers” that have been awaiting this decision deserve better from the country that they have called home for the majority of their lives. They are our friends, our neighbors, our coworkers. Today, these young people face the prospect of a complete uprooting of their lives. DACA must be saved.
Immigration is a part of the very fabric of the United States, and it is the lifeblood of the restaurant industry. Workers, employers, and consumers nationwide are committed to a restaurant industry where all feel safe and supported. We stand with all people, included those within the restaurant industry who are undocumented, in solidarity with their right to fairness, dignity, and justice.
The DACA decision speaks to a dangerous rising tide of xenophobia and hatred in America. We cannot let this stand. ROC will continue to call for a reclamation of the moral center; a nation grounded in love and inclusivity, not bigotry and heartlessness. We demand members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, go beyond talking points and sound bites, and protect DACA.