From Dreamers to Achievers: Defending DACA and Our Young People
Posted on: September 6, 2017
In response to the Trump administration's announcement today to end DACA by March 5, 2018 - the Chelsea Collaborative reiterates our support for DACA recipients and all members of our community who are undocumented. We will continue to fight for legal relief and equal rights for immigrants. The DACA program was a promise to our young people that they would be given a chance in this country to come out of the shadows, receive an education, earn a living, and reach their full potential. Our federal government is breaking that promise and placing nearly a million Dreamers in a dangerous state of limbo. We will be here to support DACA recipients and to lead the fight against the Trump administration's cruel and shameful decision to end DACA. Please join us in this fight.
Since 2012, the Chelsea Collaborative has helped more than 500 young immigrants apply for and renew their status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Erick Deblas was one of those young people. He came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was only seven years old with his parents, who wanted a better life for their family. Erick, now 24, has worked for years to support his family. He's a high school graduate, Chelsea resident, active church member, and President of the Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee working for equity and justice for our immigrant community. After 17 years in this country as a Dreamer, Erick suggests adopting a new term for young people like him: Achievers:
“We started in this country as Dreamers, but now we've achieved something,” Erick says. “Now what we should be called is the Achievers. We are here. We are no longer the unknown. We are the workers of America.”
Erick's story was featured on WCVB:
The Chelsea Collaborative and our partners at Greater Boston Legal Services will be hosting an informational session for DACA recipients and their families. The first one is this Thursday, September 7 at 6 pm at the Chelsea Collaborative (318 Broadway, Chelsea, MA).