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5 Ways You Can Help Defend DACA

The Trump Administration recently announced that President Donald Trump has decided to end DACA with a six month delay.

DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is a immigration policy set in place by the Obama Administration in 2012. The program allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. As of June 2016, nearly 750,000 undocumented minors benefited from this program.

1. Know the Facts

The DACA program allows young immigrants the ability to work, study and live free of fear and uncertainty in the country they call home. Knowing the facts about DACA and how it benefits the country’s economy is one of the best ways to help.

You can read more facts here.

2. Sign A Petition

Make sure the Trump Administration knows exactly where you stand. Sign our petition, share it with your friends and make your voice heard.

You can find our petition here.

3. Contact Your Member of Congress and Tell Them To Keep Their Promise to DACA Recipients

Congress has the power to step in and help protect DACA and the hundreds of thousands of kids who benefit from it.

Click here to find your members of Congress and their contact information.

4. Write an Op-ed or Letter to the Editor for Your Local Paper

DACA recipients are our friends, and our neighbors. Writing to your local news organization, or even your favorite online outlet is a great way to tell their story. If you are unfamiliar with writing op-eds or letters to the editor, here’s a great article to get you started.

Feel free to send us a copy through our Voices section and we will feature it online too.

5. Make A Donation to an Immigration Rights Organization

If you have the financial means to make a donation, there are many immigrants rights groups across the country that are doing great work. You can find some of them here.

You can learn more about Antonio Villaraigosa, his life and his long history of serving California here.