October 26, 2021

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Statement on Rescinding of DACA

From the APALA: 

2017-09-14_16-06-35The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) expresses its unwavering support for the 800,000 individuals who take part in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We recognize that the end of the DACA program affects not just individual recipients, but also their families, friends, communities, and workplaces. APALA is firm in this position: immigrants, regardless of documentation status, are vital, integral members of library communities, of those who work in libraries and those who participate in library services and programs. We also recognize that the protections provided by the DACA program affect many, diverse communities, families, and individuals, including Asian/Pacific American (APA) immigrants and their family members. The rescinding of DACA affects us all.

APALA is a professional organization dedicated to advancing social justice, furthering dialogue, and promoting learning about many different issues that affect our members, communities, and workplaces. One way we demonstrate our commitment is by supporting our members’ need to continuously learn about how libraries and information organizations are responding to pressing social and cultural concerns. We commend ALA’s Libraries Respond program, specifically its resources that provide important information on serving immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

APALA joins other library associations and organizations in urging the U.S. Congress to find a compassionate solution to problems created by the rescinding of the DACA program:

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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