The Latin American Association issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement that the DACA program will be rescinded:

The LAA stands with DREAMers, urges Congress to act

The Latin American Association is deeply disappointed by President Trump’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which will apparently terminate on or about March 5, 2018. DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who arrived as children to the United States to live their lives without fear of deportation while enriching our country with their talents, hard work and ambition.

The end of DACA will have a negative impact on the well-being of our nation. In Georgia alone, more than 28,000 DREAMers will lose their jobs, have their education cut short and will lose their driver’s licenses. They could be separated from their parents and siblings, many of whom are U.S. citizens. And DREAMers will live with the real fear of being deported to a country they have never known. In addition, Georgia stands to lose millions in economic growth and tax revenue.

We unequivocally express our support for the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who have grown up here and call this country home. We also demand that Congress take the lead and work on sensible legislation that will provide a permanent solution to the status of DREAMers. We support the Dream Act in the Senate, which provides a path to citizenship for DREAMers.