This is a critical time in U.S. history. The Trump Administration has threatened to repeal the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) recipients and revoke their employment authorization. Employers are gearing up to push back against this, and Pangea Legal Services (“Pangea”) is one such employer. By law, employers do not have the right to ask if an employee is a DACA recipient and how they obtained their work permit. Accordingly, we commit to not turn away anyone simply because DACA has been repealed.
Pangea intends to follow the law and our values. The mere revocation of a government issued work permit should not interfere, hinder, or end our collaboration and unity with our undocumented communities. Now, more than ever, we have to stand united with DACA recipients whose status may be revoked, in addition to those whose experiences have not been validated and respected by our government and have never received any lawful status in this country. We will not let our belief in human dignity be overcome by those who hold disproportionately concentrated wealth, privilege, and whose ancestors arrived here merely a few generations earlier. We, the new generation, are here now and we will stand up for what is right.
We embrace the following principles and values as we stand up against the repeal of DACA: - that all immigrants are human beings and are entitled to dignity, respect, and legal recognition regardless of their life's circumstances - that undocumented immigrants, like all human beings, have a fundamental right to work (work that is economically empowering and mitigates the impact of extreme wealth inequalities inherent in our existing system)- that undocumented immigrants, like all human beings, have a fundamental right to subsistence (including food and nutrition, clothing, housing, and care) - that undocumented immigrants, like all human beings, have a fundamental right to security and a healthy mental state (free of ICE terror, family separation, detention, and deportation)- that undocumented immigrants, like all human beings, have a fundamental right to move, settle, and relocate regardless of motive and regardless of heritage and place of birth - that undocumented immigrants, like all human beings, have a fundamental right to freedom, including freedom from detention.
When the Trump Administration turns on us and threatens to strip our community of its basic human rights, we will not succumb.
Pangea and our community will not sit idly by, and we will not submit to the heightened levels of oppression and fear fomented by our new administration. We are ready to take a stand together in a movement led by those directly impacted by the repeal of DACA and the 11 million without documents. We welcome all undocumented people, all those who are unfairly criminalized, those who remain in the shadows, and those whose narratives don’t make headlines. Today, working together, we are more powerful, more fierce, more free, and more ready than ever!
Sincerely, The Pangea Team