Union resolutions

Resolution to fight the Trump administration's elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and to stand with nearly 800,000 immigrants who face deportation

WHEREAS, on Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in March that protected about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before their 16th birthdays; and

WHEREAS, the UFT cherishes and supports the students and families we serve, including those currently protected by DACA; and

WHEREAS, adults who are DACA recipients include New York City educators as well as NYSUT and AFT members throughout the country; and

WHEREAS, the median age of entry into the United States among DACA recipients was six, and the most common age was three, according to a survey conducted by Tom K. Wong, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, along with the Center for American Progress; and

WHEREAS, the Center for American Progress estimates the nation will lose about $460 billion in gross domestic product during the next 10 years without those people protected by DACA; and

WHEREAS, even without these people’s contributions to the economy, the humanitarian approach demands we allow them to remain in this nation, which for many of them is the only home they have ever known; and

WHEREAS, the UFT has passed a number of resolutions in the past two years in support of immigrant students, immigrant New Yorkers and those children who benefitted from President Barack Obama’s 2012 Executive Order establishing DACA; therefore be it

RESOLVED, the UFT opposes the repeal of DACA and will work with the American Federation of Teachers to protect DACA-protected employees from wrongful termination; and

RESOLVED, the UFT will work with the AFT to support undocumented students, refugees and individuals with temporary protective status from the threat of deportation; and be it further

RESOLVED, the UFT will work with the AFT and other allies to provide pathways to citizenship for DACA recipients as well as the millions of students, families and neighbors who are our neighbors, which includes lobbying for the passage of federal legislation; and be it further

RESOLVED, the UFT will urge its members to contact their representatives in Congress to demand a solution for our undocumented neighbors including the passage of the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017; and be it further

RESOLVED, the UFT opposes the efforts by Nicole Malliotakis to reveal information from DACA members through the NYCID system; and be it further

RESOLVED, the UFT will continue to support and engage its community partners in a sustained action campaign.

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