IAAB Stands in Solidarity with Dreamers

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New York, New York – Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) opposes the current administration’s decision to rescind the DACA program. IAAB stands in solidarity with the nearly 800,000 young individuals whose lives will be upended and risk deportation as a result.

More than 800,000 young people have benefited from the DACA program, claiming the right to lawfully pursue an education and work in the United States. Most ‘dreamers,’ or undocumented students, know no other home given that the average age of their arrival in the United States is 6 years old. The vast majority are exceptional students and young professionals who are active members in their communities.

The termination of the DACA program has negative consequences not just for over one million eligible individuals, but also the institutions, businesses, and communities they enrich. This past March, nearly 600 college and university presidents sent a letter in support of the DACA program, expressing concern for undocumented students at their institutions. According to the Center for American Progress, nearly $460 billion in US revenue could be lost in the next decade with DACA’s termination.

IAAB expresses concern for the families impacted by the termination of the DACA program.  This decision affects young people throughout the United States and across all identities, including Iranians. In 2010, a young Iranian ‘dreamer’ held a sit-in at a Senator’s office. Our community’s most vulnerable members are youth who suffer the consequences of hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric affecting their schools and local communities. In 2016, IAAB launched its ‘Reject Hate’ campaign in response to the heightened wave of hatred and xenophobia, experienced by some members of the IAAB community immediately following the election. 

The Iranian-American community knows all too well the negative impact of the recent wave of anti-immigrant policies in the United States. The latest announcement terminating the DACA program comes months after an executive order that instituted a travel ban targeting Iranians and five other nationalities. IAAB’s amicus brief, cited in the Ninth Circuit’s ruling opposing the ban, shares stories of students and families impacted by the ban. Today’s decision once again disrupts the education and lives of young people.

IAAB has always stood with young people and continues to support students through its programs and campaigns. To become involved, email: rejecthate@iranianalliances.org

 

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Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to strengthen the Iranian diaspora and empower its youth. IAAB hosts the largest network of Iranian-American student leaders and young professionals. Formed by students in 2003, IAAB became the first Iranian-American organization to create spaces for critical dialogue and reflection.

To learn more, visit www.iranianalliances.org or email info@iranianalliances.org.

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