In less than two weeks, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program will begin to expire, throwing the lives of thousands of immigrants into chaos. Approximately 122 immigrants have already lost their DACA-issued work permits every day since September 5 (about 22,000 in total), but come March 5, that number will increase exponentially and accelerate as time goes on—more than 1,000 immigrants will lose their work permits per day starting in August. Hundreds of thousands of young people are living in debilitating anxiety, to say nothing of the millions of undocumented immigrants increasingly vulnerable to violence and deportation.
Winning Connections works to integrate the experiences of individuals into the objective data policymakers need to enact change. We thrive on both idealism and realism. This dual-pronged approach has guided our work during the immigration debate and we have boiled down our messaging to this simple fact: children were brought to the United States by parents who hoped that they would have a better life.
Winning Connections is committed to continually pressuring lawmakers to protect DACA recipients and their families. Our country is at our best when we seek out others and attempt to genuinely understand their experiences. As the debate over immigration and DACA continues—hopefully culminating with the DREAM Act—our rhetoric should never stray from the people who are most impacted by these policies.