MAPS Statement regarding the termination of DACA:

The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is extremely disappointed and saddened by President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

This is highly successful program, which gave almost a million young people brought to this country as children peace of mind, and the opportunity to attend college and work legally, and thus to fully become active participants in American society and economy.

DACA recipients are, in fact, Americans, regardless of documentation. They grew up here, went to school here, made friends and started families and careers here. In most cases, they have little or no connection to the country their parents came from, and English is their main language. They pay more than $2 billion in taxes every year. They are highly skilled and highly educated workers. They are what make America great, and represent the best this country has to offer.

Fighting for the dignity of immigrants is an ongoing battle, with many difficulties, and requires a commitment from all of us. We are grateful for the leadership Massachusetts has provided over the years, and are inspired by the strong words of support we hear today from our leaders – from Attorney General Maura Healey’s commitment to join other states in challenging this decision in the courts, to our lawmakers pushing for the approval of the Safe Communities Act and the Higher Education Equity Bill in Massachusetts.

We can only hope that Congress will display the same courage and commitment to our immigrant population, and pass the DREAM Act, which would, once and for all, give Dreamers a permanent solution to their current immigration status. Standing-up for Dreamers and all immigrants should never be a partisan issue. We urge congress to stand-up for human rights and do the right thing for the future of this country.

In Massachusetts, MAPS will try its best to keep providing information and connecting our communities with the resources they need to live healthy, successful lives and to become active participants in American society.

We urge our community members to stay hopeful, to seek as much information as possible and keep a close eye on our website and social media pages, where we will be providing information regarding DACA and what the next steps are.

Below is a video from Antonio Massa Viana, Immigration Attorney and MAPS Board Member, with some advice for DACA applicants and recipients: