Press Statement

ICE Director Threatens to Deport DACA Recipients After Supreme Court Ruling

UnidosUS Calls for Funding Cuts to ICE

January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Matt Albence said Thursday that the agency intends to remove beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if the Supreme Court sides with the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the policy.

UnidosUS has long advocated for the preservation of DACA policies that would keep this important community of 700,000 intact.

“Not only is the decision to end DACA a morally bankrupt one, it also goes against what the public wants. An estimated three out of every four registered voters are in favor of keeping DACA intact. DACA recipients are part of the American fabric,” said UnidosUS senior policy advisor Carlos Guevara. “The notion that this administration wants to rip them away with the threat of deportation and send them to countries that they may have no connection to, or even recollection of, is heartbreaking but not surprising.

“These comments from the ICE director further illustrate why we must curb funding for these agencies that break up families and destroy the lives of law-abiding residents,” Guevara concluded.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.