The UNH Blog

UNH Statement on DACA

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

United Neighborhood Houses of New York and its network of 38 member settlement houses, serving more than 750,000 people each year, are deeply concerned about the federal administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program.

The significant contributions of immigrant families continue to be irrevocably woven into the fabric of our city and our nation as they have been since the nation was founded. Each day, immigrant New Yorkers contribute their gifts, talents, and energy to building our communities, city, and country. The rescinding of DACA spreads a fear of deportation which can paralyze immigrant communities and fuels a false narrative that America can be reshaped into a country where immigrants have no place. 


We will do all we can to combat the toxic effects of this fear narrative

through information sharing and advocacy.


We will ensure the contributions of our immigrant neighbors are acknowledged.


We commit to continuing to work so all who wish to call this country home

can realize their goals and achieve their dreams.


We are deeply concerned about the thousands of DACA recipients in our City and reaffirm our commitment to support and recognize the talents and contributions of these young DREAMers and their families. We are proud that settlement houses and partner organizations remain committed to ensuring people have legal representation and counsel. We call on Congress and the federal administration to create a meaningful opportunity for DREAMers to continue to live, work, and pursue their dreams. In addition, we urge Congress to pass immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and their families. 

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