August 9, 2018 — Lifting Our Voices for DACA

This segment is dedicated to Yael and Saul, DACA students at the Jesuit Brophy College Preparatory High School and their counselor, Jonathan Londono. They selflessly poured out their hearts the day before this panel to share with AFN what it means to live the life of a young immigrant with great dreams that are being unfairly deferred. (click here for a video about the Dreamers at Brophy College Prep)

“Every single faith tradition has expressed outrage over the recent move to rescind DACA, where fear and lack of certainty have been loosed on our immigrant communities. If DACA is rescinded, it would not only be a legislative failure, an economic failure, but it would be a moral failure.”
Dr. Jannah Scott, Arizona Faith Network

On the morning of Thursday, 9 August 2018, the FWD.us Arizona Coalition and the National Immigration Forum hosted a discussion at the CO+HOOTS collaborative work space (221 E. Indianola Avenue, Phoenix) for the purpose of raising community awareness of the imminent legal threat to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). AFN's Interim Executive Director, Dr. Jannah Scott, was invited to be part of the panel, which also included the National Immigration Forum’s Adam Estle, Arizona State Rep. Reginald Bolding, DACA Recipient and University Students for Education Equity Co-Founder Edder Diaz Martinez, former Phoenix City Councilmember Kate Gallego, and Lydia Guzman of Chicanos Por La Causa.

The event coincided with the start of hearings in the federal court case Texas v. Nielsen, filed by seven states and led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over the constitutionality of the DACA program, as well as whether to block the federal government from processing DACA renewals or new applications.

[click here to download a press release about the August 9th event]

Below is a video excerpt of Dr. Scott's remarks and a gallery of photos from the event: