Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner Joins Colleagues in Asking President Obama to Issue Pardons for DACA Enrollees

“The diversity amongst culture and language is what makes the Bronx one of the most unique boroughs in all of New York City. Under President Barack Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has assisted tens of thousands of our youth and their families in making New York their home. However, following the results of our nation’s presidential election, those who have enrolled into the program now face uncertainty for their future.

Ms. Kirssy Martinez is one such individual who has benefited from the DACA program after moving to the United States at the age of 14 from the Dominican Republic. Kirssy was able to take advantage of DACA following President Obama’s announcement, and later benefited from ‘The DREAM.US’ Scholarship, which provided her with financial assistance to attend college. Kirssy was the first CUNY DREAMer to be named Valedictorian at Bronx Community College. Now, as an intern in my Bronx District Office through CUNY Women's Public Service Internship Program, she has truly excelled in assisting my constituency as someone who cares and wants to make a difference in the lives of all Bronxites.

I join my colleague Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair of the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, and my fellow elected officials in asking President Obama to grant pardons for these individuals. Allowing dreamers like Kirssy – whom is now a senior at The City College of New York – and others like her will help to grow the next generation of Bronx families and preserve progress for our nation.”

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