Solidarity with DACA: We Are All Global Citizens

Last week, President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which puts 800,000 young people at risk for deportation, job loss, disruption of education, and separation from loved ones.  Doctors for Global Health stands in solidarity with pre-med and pre-health science DACA students with whom we have worked for years- as well as the 800,000 other DACA recipients- to follow their dreams to build healthy and strong communities.  We need these young people!

 

DGH supports DACA as an important part of our ongoing support for the 11 million undocumented people currently living in the United States. DGH believes comprehensive immigration reform that would provide sanctuary to the 11 million currently living in the U.S. is the most humane and healthful pathway forward, and we recognize immigrants living in the U.S. as friends, neighbors, colleagues, community members and global citizens.  Finally, we recognize that U.S. political, economic, and military policies are the largest factors that have created the conditions that have forced people to migrate from their homelands. 

 

For more information, please see this FAQ from the Nation Immigration Law Center including a section on accessing healthcare.

 

For DACA recipients or others who may be experiencing trauma, anxiety, or harm due to DACA repeal or other challenges, please visit the Mental Health Emergency Toolkit webpage at  http://weareheretostay.org/resources/mental-health-emergency-toolkit/  From the Toolkit:
“We at United We Dream say ‘no more living in fear, no more in living in the shadows, and no more living under unhealthy stress.’ As a network, we must address the mental health of our community and transform it with love. The United We Dream UndocuHealth Project was started to facilitate the incorporation and daily practice of self-love, community healing, and wellness when organizing in times of trouble, turbulence, and chaos.”

 

As an important part of solidarity work with migrant communities, DGH continues to work daily to amplify the voices of historically oppressed persons across the globe to build a global community that does not oppress or marginalize people, in order to optimize a world where human rights and dignity prevail.  

Posted under