MONTICELLO – The Sullivan
County Human Rights Commission has gone on record in support of DACA –
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – and stands with New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in their
suit against President Trump’s decision to end the program.
“Sullivan County Dreamers should not be made to feel that the land
they love has rejected them,” said Executive Director Air Mir-Pontier.
“They were brought here by parents desperate to provide a better
way of life for their children. They have established roots through our
educational system and houses of worship, and are respectable, hardworking,
The commission urged county residents to contact congressional representatives
and demand they take appropriate actions to treat the country’s
some 800,000 young people in a humane way.
According to reports, DACA covers some 42,000 undocumented New Yorkers
who were brought to the US as children.
The county Human Rights Commission statement says: “Human rights
are for everyone. There are no exceptions. We know the program is flawed
and needs to be corrected to address many issues in the immigration system,
but scrapping DACA is not the answer. It is cruel and inhumane to deport
people whose only home is America.”
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY-17) Monday held a roundtable discussion
on DACA and said to kill the program is “immoral and wrong.”