AACF Director Calls For Protection Of DACA Participants

Rich Huddleston, executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), said Arkansas policymakers should follow the example of business and higher education officials who recognize the state economy would be better off if Congress made the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) policy permanent.

Huddleston’s comments were part of Tuesday’s unveiling of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children” report. The report outlined persistent challenges in child well-being that hinder the success of children of color and kids living in immigrant families.

Investments in pre-kindergarten and after-school programs as well as providing more opportunities for higher education, especially for “Dreamers” who are too often shut out of higher education opportunities, are a few examples of policy initiatives that could close the gap, Huddleston urged.    MORE

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