DSA Immigrants’ Rights Committee Statement on DACA
A Statement of the DSA Immigrants’ Rights Committee
President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, under pressure from a nine-state coalition led by the Texas Attorney General, represents another racist attack by his administration on immigrants, in this case on young people who were brought into the United States as children. The undersigned members of the Democratic Socialists of America denounce the repeal of DACA and maintain solidarity with the nearly one million DACA recipients who will become targets for harassment and deportation by ICE.
We know DACA is insufficient. We remain committed to fighting alongside undocumented immigrants ineligible for DACA: those who have felony convictions, those without access to higher education, and those who immigrated as adults. We reject the notion that immigrants should have to earn basic human rights and decent treatment by serving in the armed forces, getting a higher education, or being productive workers. DACA itself represents that kind of thinking turned into policy. The moral division between “deserving” and “undeserving” immigrants ignores the role of policing and the criminal justice system in criminalizing undocumented immigrants. Instead, we recognize the dignity and human rights of all immigrants and demand dignified and humane treatment of all people, regardless of how productive they are for the capitalist ruling class.
As socialists, we recognize the rights of the international working class to live without fear of persecution and repression by governments and bosses. The conditions that cause much of 21st-century immigration are symptoms of capitalist-driven global imperialism, driven in large part by the United States. We affirm the rights of all working people to remain and thrive in the locations of their choosing, but also recognize that the forces of capitalism — economic policies, military intervention, and climate change — increasingly force people to leave their homes and relocate in order to survive.
We reaffirm our commitment to the struggles of undocumented immigrants in this country, demanding their labor rights as workers and human rights as people. We are dedicated to building sanctuary spaces in our communities and demanding the implementation of Sanctuary policies on the city and state level throughout the country. As socialists, we recognize that migration is a human right and commit ourselves to working for full citizenship for all people and their right to organizing in the workplace.
We are committed to fighting the deep injustices within the criminal justice and immigration systems and demand comprehensive immigration reform that recognizes the rights and humanity of all working people, regardless of citizenship.
Liberation not deportation!
Zachary Valdes — NYC DSA Immigration Justice Working Group
Elijah Stevens — NYC DSA Immigration Justice Working Group
Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò — Los Angeles Sanctuary City Working Group
Jack Suria Linares — Los Angeles Sanctuary City Working Group
Duane Campbell — Immigrants’ Rights Committee, Co- Chair
Austin Gonzalez — Richmond VA DSA, Chair
Jeff Kleiman — Nassau County DSA
Jamie Pagirsky — Nassau County DSA
Gillian Talwar — Detroit DSA Anti-Racism Working Group, Co-chair,
Dan Burton — NYC DSA Immigration Justice Working Group
Sherry Baron — NYC DSA Immigration Justice Working Group
Dan La Botz — NYC DSA Immigration Justice Working Group
Cori Madrid — Hudson Valley DSA, Chair
Milt Tambor — Metro Atlanta DSA, Chair
Jeb Boone — Metro Atlanta DSA
Brad Voracek — Phoenix DSA
Dustin Reyes — NYC DSA Immigration Justice Working Group
Mark D’Arensbourg — New Orleans DSA, Councilmember-At-Large
Rebecca Mataloni — Central IA DSA
Suzanne Cornell — NYC DSA
Mark Linn — Birmingham DSA
Tyson Woolman — Houston DSA
Samuel Sutton — Phoenix DSA
Brad Voracek — Phoenix DSA
Laura Schonberger — Phoenix DSA
Benjamin Fong — Phoenix DSA, Secretary
Bob Clark — Phoenix DSA
Jake Bell — Phoenix DSA
Dianne Post — Phoenix DSA
Madi Mornhinweg — NYC DSA Immigration Justice Working Group
Ryan Fix — Phoenix DSA
Mayra Guardiola — DSA Fort Worth/North Texas
Todd Wiandt — Phoenix DSA
Brandon Rey Ramirez — Immigrants’ Rights Committee, Co- Chair
Kristian Steffany — North Dallas DSA
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