Unlike wildfires and hurricanes, the loss of a generation of dreams is one disaster that a collective will and legislative leadership can solve.
At One22 we are disappointed, but we are not surprised, by the Trump Administration’s announcement today ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has protected 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation, allowing them to work and study here. This move was laid out in the president’s election campaign, and many of our clients began preparing for this possibility last November. Our hope is that the United States Congress will act thoughtfully in a bipartisan way to put together an alternative to the DACA program - one that brings stability to families in our communities, and honors the immigrant youth who are affected through no fault of their own.
We do not know how long this process will take, but One22 will be active in helping the civic dialog surrounding this issue to be respectful of the families in our schools, neighborhoods and workplaces who are our friends and colleagues. Jackson Hole is one, interdependent community, and those affected by this announcement are under considerable strain. They deserve our empathy and help, and at One22 we commit to provide both.
What we know: At this time, we understand that as a result of this announcement no new DACA program requests or applications for employment authorization documents (EADs) will be accepted, but that participants whose status expires between now and March 5, 2018, can submit renewal requests and EADs until October 5. We recommend the following website for additional information: https://www.uscis.gov/daca2017
Coming soon: We are working with community partners to offer resources to help expedite DACA renewal requests; more information about those options will be available in the coming days. We will keep our website and social media up to date with current news and information. Please visit www.one22jh.org.
Right now: Those who need help preparing for a friend or family member to leave the home and/or depart the United States are urged to call the One22 office at 739-4500. We are able to support them in their emergency plans and in dealing with this difficult announcement from the White House today.
“All of us at One22 want a safe, healthy and secure community, as well as a vibrant economy, in which each resident has the opportunity to reach their dreams,” said Sharel Lund Love, Executive Director. “I hope everyone will implore our congresspeople to act thoughtfully on this challenging issue because, unlike the wildfires and hurricanes ravaging the west and south, the loss of a generation of dreams is one disaster that a collective will and legislative leadership can solve.”
US Senator Mike Enzi - (307) 739-9507
US Senator John Barrasso - (307) 261-6413
US Representative Liz Cheney - (307) 261-6595
One22 was established in 2016 by uniting three long-time legacy organizations, each with more than a decade of service to the most vulnerable segments of the Teton area: Community Resource Center, Latino Resource Center and El Puente. Through its interrelated programs, Language Access, Emergency Assistance, Latino Services and Community Education, One22 strives to help our neighbors manage hardship, make connections and move forward.