West Orange Stands With Dreamers

Today, New Jersey joined 15 other states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit challenging Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA. Last night, West Orange took action too – and they were ahead of that curve.  Promoted by Rosi.

Yesterday, the West Orange Town Council passed a resolution supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that was started in June 2012. These individuals, totaling nearly 800,000 in the United States and 22,000 in New Jersey, came to the United States as children, many having known no other nation but ours as their home. These DACA recipients have long waited in the shadows, seeking a path toward citizenships and the full ability to partake in the freedoms of American society. Many are active in our communities, as teachers, members of our military, college students, small business owners, and taxpayers.

​The United States Congress has been considering the passing of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (The Dream Act), which would provide a pathway towards citizenship for the Dreamers, but more importantly, a pathway toward citizenship for our friends and community members. On Tuesday night, the Township council of the township of West Orange, NJ, passed a resolution not only urging the Department of Homeland Security to reinstate the DACA program, but to urge the US Congress to pass the DREAM Act. The Township clerk has been directed to send a copy of this Resolution to Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, Representative Donald Payne, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. West Orange is a town proud of its diversity, culture, and character, and this is certainly a strong demonstration of commitment to those values and residents.

West Orange is my home town and has long defined who I am and what I believe in. We often hear rhetoric about being inclusive and welcoming, but this resolution affirms to the residents of West Orange that our backbone, our diversity, will be long protected and will not bend or break in the face of adversity, trials, or tribulations. Make no mistake, our town should be proud incredibly of this resolution! Nonetheless, we must remain persistent in our efforts to embody morality and humanity by supporting the Dreamers and ensuring that a path towards citizenship is achieved.

Comments (2)

  1. Matthew Brian Hersh

    Great news for West Orange and its residents. The township joins dozens of other towns in New Jersey who have taken symbolic action in standing up to its residents. There are also so many other early municipal actors who have taken programmatic action in order to protect its residents from this administration — towns who stepped out early in the Trump administration in the midst of threats of losses of federal funding and other saber rattling.

    If your town – particularly if it’s run by Democrats – has not yet in the very least offered an on-the-record statement in support of its immigrant community, demand that they do. There are countless municipal allies and non-profit allies who can help you with materials and how to organize an effort.

  2. Stephen Danley

    Thank you. Thank you for pushing for important support for immigrant communities, and thank you for sharing some hope at a time when it’s easy to get caught up in the craziness.


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