Tonight, FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement following the arrest of DACA recipient Daniel Medina in Seattle:
DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina’s arrest shows the urgent need for clear enforcement priorities, and for keeping in place critical DACA protections. We urge immediate clarity through the requested judicial action so Daniel can return home to his 3 year-old son, and to ensure that incidents like this do not happen in Seattle or anywhere else in the country going forward.
DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – allows 750,000 Dreamers to live and work legally without fear of deportation in the United States. To receive DACA, these 750,000 undocumented youth registered with the government, passed a background check (including fingerprinting), and met certain educational and residency requirements. Not only does the DACA program benefit our country by allowing these Dreamers to fully contribute to our economy, but it improves public safety by allowing law enforcement to focus their limited time and enforcement resources on true public safety threats.