Yesterday, a federal court ruled against President Trump’s ban on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA was an executive order signed by former President Obama to offer protections for undocumented children brought to the United States with their parents. Though a positive step, this decision does not lift the cloud of uncertainty surrounding the status of DACA recipients. It is now more urgent than ever that Congress come up with a plan to reinstate the DACA program. Today, State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) filed a resolution urging Congress and the Indiana General Assembly to protect DACA recipients. Sen. Melton had the following comments about his resolution:
“Many undocumented immigrants are brought here by their parents at a very young age and Indiana quickly becomes the only home they’ve ever known.
“DACA has been an integral program in providing nearly 790,000 young Dreamers with work permits and deportation relief.
“We need to show the nearly 10,000 of those Dreamers living in Indiana that we support them and care about them by protecting the current DACA program.
“The individuals who have immigrated to our state have greatly contributed to the overall cultural and economic vitality of Indiana and we can’t risk losing those positive contributions.
“We have a long tradition in this country of not punishing children for the actions of their parents. The American Dream promises children they can be anything regardless of where they start in life. Dreamers came as minors with their parents and have been successful, productive members of our society and we must respect them as such.
“We must not turn our backs on young people who call Indiana home.”