NIJC Denounces Trump’s Termination of DACA, Urges DACA Recipients to Seek Legal Counsel


Contact: Tara Tidwell Cullen
(312) 660-1337(312) 833-2967


DACA Recipients Urged to Seek Legal Counsel, Understand Their Rights

CHICAGO (September 5, 2017) – Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is outraged by the Trump administration’s decision to discontinue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Statement of NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy:

“Terminating DACA is a cruel and unjust attack on hundreds of thousands of men and women who have lived most of their lives in the United States as our neighbors, classmates, coworkers, employers, and family members. It is the latest example of the president succumbing to pressure from the most extreme racist and xenophobic factions of his party. By striking DACA, he has thrown  thousands of American families’ futures into uncertainty, brought instability to employers across the country who will lose valuable employees, and further exacerbated fear in communities already coping with the suffocating presence of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in their neighborhoods. Today, we call on Congress to defend DACA recipients and all immigrants who are being targeted by the Trump administration’s deportation dragnet.”

If you are affected by today’s announcement:

Consult with qualified immigration attorneys about your rights and potential legal options. NIJC is offering the following legal information events and resources:

  • NIJC and The Resurrection Project will host weekly “DACA Tuesdays” information sessions throughout September at community organizations around southwest Chicago. The first session is TONIGHT, September 5, at 5:30 p.m., at La Casa, 1815 S. Paulina St., Chicago. For a full calendar of DACA Tuesday events, visit
  • NIJC will host a community information session on Wednesday, September 6, at 6:00 p.m. at NIJC’s office in the Chicago Loop, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1300. The information session will be streamed live on NIJC’s Facebook page at For a full calendar of NIJC legal information sessions, visit
  • NIJC will participate in an information session hosted by Goshen College on Thursday, September 7, at 6:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S Main St, Goshen, Indiana
  • Schools and groups in the Chicago area and northern Indiana may also request legal information sessions in their own communities by completing the request form
  • To schedule a legal consultation with NIJC, please call 312-660-1370 or

Allies: Help Defend DACA and All Immigrant Communities

Tell Congress to pass legislation that protects DACA recipients and respects the rights of all undocumented immigrants. Take action here.

About DACA: The DACA program was established in 2012 as a temporary solution for millions of undocumented immigrants who have grown up in the United States but, due to Congress’s failure to pass a fair immigration reform bill, had no opportunity to legalize their immigration status. In the program’s five-year history, DACA provided a temporary work authorization and a reprieve from deportation to nearly 800,000 men and women who met the program’s stringent requirements. Because of DACA, individuals remained with and supported their families in the United States, completed their educations, launched careers, bought homes, and participated in society without fear that they may suddenly be exiled from the only home they have ever known.

NIJC attorneys are available for interviews about the legal ramifications of today’s announcement. Contact Tara Tidwell Cullen, director of communications, (312) 660-1337,

With offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. For more information visit