Human Rights Commission Issues Statement About DACA   

Monticello, NY – The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission supports DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and stands with New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in their suit against President Trump’s decision to end the program.

Commissioners believe, “Human rights are for everyone. There are no exceptions. We know the program is flawed and needs to be corrected to address many issues in the immigration system, but scrapping DACA is not the answer. It is cruel and inhumane to deport people whose only home is America.”

Executive Director Ari Mir-Pontier says, “Sullivan County Dreamers should not be made to feel that the land they love has rejected them. They were brought here by parents desperate to provide a better way of life for their children. They have established roots through our educational system and houses of worship, and are respectable, hardworking, taxpaying residents.”

According to reports, DACA covers roughly 42,000 undocumented New Yorkers who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Here is a list of resources for those affected by the revocation of DACA:

Catholic Charities is the best place for a DACA recipient to start. The office is in Poughkeepsie but they will serve residents of Sullivan:
https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/organization.481112-Catholic_Charities_Community_Services_Legal_Services_for_Immigrants_Poughk
1-845-452-1400, ext. 4259

We’re Here to Stay
http://weareheretostay.org/resources/

United We Dream
http://defenddaca.com/resources/mental-health-toolkit/?link_id=1&can_id=9839308c84d654996309d7e4dfd3ac6e&source=email-tonight-community-call-2&email_referrer=tonight-community-call-2&email_subject=hey-we-have-your-back

American Civil Liberties Union
https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights?topics=270

Congressman John Faso
https://faso.house.gov/contact/