Education Leaders of Color Respond to White House’s “Wind-Down” of DACA

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017
Contact: Mia Jacobs,, 201-919-0333

(Los Angeles, CA) Today, the Trump Administration announced it would begin a “wind-down” of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), with the program ending in six months. This change throws the future of nearly 800,000 young people already approved under the program into jeopardy—particularly the 65,000 undocumented students who will graduate from high school this year. Though the new policy will not take immediate effect, this represents a painful blow to those brought to the United States as children and who, for the first time under the Obama Administration, were able to pursue education and employment without fear of deportation.

“With today’s announcement, this White House is doubling down on its de facto anti-family policy,” said Layla Avila, CEO and Executive Director of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC). “To be clear, ending DACA puts 780,000 young people at risk of deportation, whose families will be torn apart as a result of overly aggressive immigration enforcement policies. These changes will cost us morally and economically: the Center for American Progress estimates that ending DACA would result in a loss of $460.3 billion from the national GDP over the next decade.

“As educators, we see every day the reality of the uniquely detrimental psychological impact of policies that target immigrants on children. The six-month delay, however, means there is still time to #DefendDACA. We call on Congress to move on legislative efforts to provide as much relief as possible for these deserving young people as expediently as possible. At EdLoC, we will continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship that keeps families together and gives both our country, as well as DREAMers and their families, the opportunity to realize their full potential.”