September 11, 2017
Contact: Cindy Hoang, National Consumers League, (202) 207-2832, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL) today declared its deep disappointment in President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will end the Dreamers Program. Known officially as the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),” the program was adopted during former President Barack Obama’s Administration to create a citizenship path for young people brought to the United States at a young age by their parents. The process of citizenship through DACA is a lengthy one, including requirements of having no criminal record and either being enrolled in school or employed. DACA registrants are eligible for work permits during their two-year period of deferment, and other guidelines for qualification for the program.
The following quote may be attributed to NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg:
“The National Consumers League adopted policy in support of immigration reform several years ago because it fits well within our mission of protecting vulnerable populations from consumer and employer exploitation. The Dreamers contribute an estimated 2 billion dollars a year to our tax base, and deporting them would cost an estimated $400 billion. As of March 2017, there are more than 800,000 people who will be affected by the termination of this program.”
“These young people are also consumers who have contributed to the country’s economy. As a consumer advocacy organization, the National Consumers League cannot endorse the decision by President Trump to put an end to DACA.”
“Even more disturbing is the threat of using personal information submitted in the vetting process to find and deport DACA protected workers. This is the wrong message to send to outstanding young people who, through no fault of their own, have grown up in this country under the shadow of deportation.”
About the National Consumers League
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