Why We’re Blacking Out Our Facebook and Twitter Tonight
Tonight, we are blacking out our social media profiles to show solidarity with Dreamers — immigrants who arrived as children and call the U.S. their home, but have no path to citizenship.
For five years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has allowed Dreamers to obtain work permits and live free from the fear that they will be deported from the country they have called home for most of their lives. This freedom has allowed so many young immigrants to not only come out of the shadows, but also come out of the closet, knowing they could find real opportunity in this — their country.
Since the Trump/Pence administration ended DACA in September, 122 Dreamers have lost their DACA protections every day, totaling nearly 12,000 young people with expired DACA status to date. Every morning, these young people wake up knowing that they face losing their livelihoods, being separated from their families, or deported to a largely unfamiliar country.