Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Statement in Regards to Recent Rescinding on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

By The Rev. Dr. WIlliam J. Barber, II, President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach National Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival, Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church, Member of College of Affirming And Accepting Bishops

When Trump says he loves Hispanic students and DACA recipients while nullifying DACA, he sounds like Jim Crow-era white supremacists who said they loved all people but had to follow the segregationist law of their time.
 
This action is immoral and inhumane. These young people have served our country, died for this country, and contribute to this country. In many ways, they have acted more American than the President.

Trump's decision to rescind their status undermines America's moral claims and will negatively impact our economy.

Trump and Sessions have been wrong on voting rights, wrong on white supremacy, and they are wrong on DACA. In fact, this attack on mostly Latino young people is in line with the policy agenda of white supremacy and white nationalism. The hate groups Trump and Sessions claim to condemn want to see mass deportations of undocumented immigrants rather than have just immigration laws.

President Donald Trump is not evolving on DACA. He is devolving and leading the nation in a downward moral spiral.

President Obama's executive action on behalf of Dreamers has not been proven unconstitutional. Taking DACA from 800,000 thousand young dreamers is itself a violation of our deepest constitutional values, which demand a commitment to establish justice.

This action establishes injustice.

Governors, states Attorneys General, and every politician, Democrat or Republican, along with every clergy person who believes in our deepest moral and religious values, should stand up publicly against these actions by President Trump. To say nothing is in fact to be an accessory to this very cruel and inhumane policy action against humanity.

Finally, members of the President's party who kept silent during the campaign when he was clear about what he was going to do are in large part to blame for what we are witnessing. Silence then has emboldened the President now, which means he alone is not to blame.