As Trump’s Attempt to End DACA Fizzles, Immigrant Rights Leaders Vow to Continue to Fight

March 6, 2018
Fred Tsao
Senior Policy Counsel
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With elections looming, immigrant rights community takes battle to defend DACA to the polls.

(Chicago – March 5, 2018)--The Trump Administration attempted to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, stating that DACA would end on March 5, 2018. Thanks to recent court decisions, however, DACA recipients can still renew their protections beyond today’s announced end date.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), which has coordinated support for immigrants eligible for DACA, will continue to offer information and assistance regarding this program.  

“Our members have been providing DACA renewal workshops throughout the state,” ICIRR CEO Lawrence Benito said.  “We’ve helped thousands of young people renew their applications in response to the administration's attempt to end the program and put 800,000 young people who’ve lived in the U.S. most of their lives at risk of deportation. We will continue to provide this critical support.”

In addition to assisting with DACA renewals, ICIRR and its members will continue organizing for a permanent solution for these young people. With the recent failure of Congress to pass a legislative fix, Benito said ICIRR is pivoting its efforts toward an electoral push.  

“Nothing but a legislative fix will provide permanent protections,” said Benito.

“Congress failed us once again--but we won’t give up,” said Angel, a youth leader from the South Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP) in Bolingbrook.

“We will continue to fight until justice for the thousands of undocumented young people like me is won. DACA recipients still fear deportation, and are anxious that Congress will pass a bill that might protect DACA recipients, but will make it easier to deport their parents,” added SSIP co-director Elizabeth Cervantes. “Meanwhile, we are watching closely, and we are going to make sure that immigrants show up big in this election, and ensure that Congress is responsive to us in the year to come.”

SSIP and other organizations throughout the state will be registering tens of thousands of immigrant voters and ensuring that they vote this November as part of ICIRR’s New Americans Democracy Project.

ICIRR will continue to provide support for organizations that are interested in providing DACA renewal services, and will continue to advocate for permanent protections for DACA recipients that do not not increase deportation risks for those not eligible for relief.

For a list of the latest DACA workshops, please visit

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit


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