FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2017
Aurora Victoria David, Secretary General, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), email@example.com
Kenneth Crebillo, National Coordinator, Kabataan Alliance, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kabataan Alliance and NAFCON’s joint statement on Trump’s plan to terminate DACA
Kabataan Alliance and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) strongly condemn Donald Trump’s continuing attacks on the immigrant community, now in the form of threatening to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
This threat further terrorizes the already vulnerable immigrant population and puts immigrant youth enrolled in the DACA program even more at risk of deportation. This is on top of the increasing hate crimes against immigrant communities emboldened by Trump’s xenophobic and racist rhetoric.
Trump’s threats affect the Filipino community. An estimated 8,000 Filipino youth and students who availed of the DACA stand to be affected by its possible termination. This is on top of the already vulnerable 1 million undocumented Filipinos in the United States who face various types of abuses and exploitation.
We, therefore, demand that DACA be maintained. Furthermore, we demand a genuine immigration reform program that shall provide permanent protection for immigrants. We also demand that the Philippine government, through its various consulates in the United States, provide immediate legal assistance to those who will be affected to ensure that their rights will be protected.
We call on the Filipino community, particularly youth and students, to join us in standing against Trump’s anti-immigrant and racist agenda. Immigrant youth led the fight to enact DACA; we must fight again to keep it. We urge everyone to take to the streets, join the mass protests, and link up with other immigrant communities who are also struggling for their rights and welfare.
Kabataan Alliance is a national alliance of Filipino youth and student organizations dedicated to serving our communities in the U.S. and back home in the Philippines.Formerly known as Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network
NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States.