DENVER, CO – FWD.us Colorado State Immigration Manager Marissa Molina released the following statement today, which marks two years since the Trump Administration announced their intent to end the DACA program and put 700,000 young people – including more than 24,000 Coloradans – at risk of losing their work authorization and being deported:
“The Trump Administration has been trying to end the incredibly successful DACA program for two years now, even though it has allowed nearly 700,000 hardworking young people to contribute more fully to our communities and our economy. DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of young people to pursue higher education, buy homes and start businesses, advance their careers, and better provide for their families in the country they call home. DACA has been a transformative program for these young people’s lives and for their futures.
“While multiple courts have maintained renewals for current DACA recipients, they’ve been forced to live court case to court case, uncertain about their futures and whether they will be ripped away from their families. We encourage eligible DACA recipients to renew as soon as possible, and we urge members of Congress to do their jobs and pass a permanent legislative solution that would provide DACA recipients the stability to continue building their lives here.”
Available for Comment
The following individuals are available for comment on the second anniversary of the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA:
Marissa Molina (Denver, CO)
Colorado State Immigration Manager, FWD.us
Marissa is the Colorado state immigration manager with FWD.us, a bipartisan political organization that believes America’s families, communities, and economy thrive when more individuals are able to achieve their full potential. A native of Mexico, Marissa Molina grew up in the Western Slope of Colorado in Glenwood Springs. She attended Fort Lewis College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Economics. As a 2014 Teach for America Corps Member, Marissa spent two years teaching Spanish for Native Speakers at DSST: GVR High School. In July of 2015, Marissa was one of nine educators with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to be honored by the White House as a Champion of Change. She was recently appointed to the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Board of Trustees, becoming the first Dreamer to serve on a state board.
Fryda Faugier Ferreira (Denver, CO)
Campus Advisor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Fryda is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. Brought over to the U.S. at an early age, Fryda carries the identity of being a Dreamer. She completed her education in Colorado and is the first in her family to graduate from college. Fryda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, Socio-Legal Studies, and Spanish from the University of Denver in 2018. While at the University of Denver she served as the first-ever DACA/Undocumented Student Support Coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Excellence. Fryda has devoted her career to serving marginalized students transition to and from higher education. She currently serves as a Campus Advisor at Metropolitan State University of Denver for the Denver Scholarship Foundation.