Hundreds of immigrant youth have lost their ability to work, go to school, and operate their lives normally due to the administration’s arbitrary decision to rescind DACA. Congress has failed to protect our youth, who face an imminent threat as the President’s March 5th deadline looms to end their legal protections. More than 80 percent of Americans are in favor of a permanent solution for DREAMers, and the White House is using their popularity to request an astounding 21.5 billion dollars in the government spending bill to fund an unnecessary border wall, more immigration enforcement agents, more jail beds and prisons to detain immigrant families and DREAMers.The nation has urgent needs in healthcare, education and so many other areas; yet the Trump administration remains focused on wasting billions of taxpayer dollars to target immigrants instead of focusing on the country’s needs. The Florida Coalition on Immigration demand a legislative solution for DREAMers that doesn’t include increasing funding for immigration enforcement, border militarization, and the incessant profiling and harassment of our immigrant communities. Any legislative solution must not harm undocumented immigrants or increase family separations.The following is a statement from Ana Guevara, an DACA recipient and volunteer coordinator with the Florida Student Power Network:“As DACA Recipient, I am urging lawmakers to pass a legislation that will protect the undocumented youth WITHOUT putting our families and communities at risk. We will not support a bill that will criminalize our communities and put them at risk of deportation. We cannot wait any longer and continue to live our lives with uncertainty and fear. The time is now to pass a Clean Dream Act.”To occupy Congressional officesOn March 5th, Trump’s self-imposed deadline for providing a permanent solution for DREAMers, immigrant youth and allies from Florida will once again visit the nation’s capital, occupying Congressional offices and other spaces to demand that lawmakers act to protect them as an ever increasing number lose their work permits and protection from deportation, with an average of 122 per day losing their DACA status. They will join thousands of others from across the country in urging Congress to find a permanent solution for our DREAMers that doesn’t separate immigrant families.
Coaches and Captains of the Black Maidens (Female U-17) and Black Princesses (Female U-20) have reacted to the ease of restrictions on their activities by Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.The President, on Sunday, July 26, 2020, announced that the two national teams can resume camping to prepare for their respective assignments.The Black Maidens have a FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria while the Princesses prepare to take on Guinea-Bissau in a 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifier in September.The GFA Communications team has been speaking exclusively to the two Head Coaches and Captains for their reaction to the news:Yusif Basigi – Head Coach, Black PrincessesI am elated that finally the President, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo has eased the restrictions for us to begin camping. During the lockdown, I engaged the players individually to monitor their training via video recordings just to make sure their endurance level is not compromised. Now that we are to resume camping, I believe at least those exercises will help boost the teamwork quickly.Justice Ama Tweneboah – Captain, Black PrincessesOn behalf of my teammates, I want to use this opportunity to thank the President for the opportunity given us to start training. Since the beginning of the break, we have been engaging in individual training but we all know it is not as effective as team training. This opportunity will help us get back in shape for the task ahead. We as players are happy about the news. Thank you, Mr. President.Baba Nuhu – Head Coach, Black MaidensI am so happy and glad that the President has given us the green light to start camping towards our last hurdle. I gave out several exercises during the restriction period to all the players who were in camp before the break. My technical team and I did this in bid to keep them active. I am glad that now we can group together as a team to fine-tune our preparations.Basira Alhassan – Captain, Black MaidensOn behalf of my teammates, we are very happy and excited that after FIFA and CAF had given the go-ahead to resume the qualifiers, today the President has also given us the green light to begin camping. The entire team is very happy about our coming back to the field. I believe together we will be able to put the team in very good shape ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria. Source: ghanafa.org Tags: Black MaidensBlack PrincessesYussif Abubakar