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Univision and Telemundo condemn end of DACA; will air news specials

Univision - Telemundo DACA specials

The Trump Administration’s announcement this morning that it was ending DACA drew an immediate rebuke from Univision and Telemundo.

In a statement, Univision CEO Randy Falco called the decision to end the program “a failure to live up to a commitment already made to DREAMers and is contrary to America’s values and traditions,” affirming his intent to continue to support all DREAMers, including those who currently work for the network.

In a much briefer statement not attributed to any company executive, Telemundo called the decision to end of the temporary program that has protected Dreamers since 2012 “disheartening” and urged “Congress to act swiftly to preserve the rights of these valuable members of our community.”

Both networks will air news specials about the cancellation of DACA, which will impact about 800,000 young undocumented immigrants.

Univision will air “DACA: ¿Y Ahora Qué? At 7 pm and Noticias Telemundo will follow at 8 pm with the special “Los Dreamers y Trump, la hora de la verdad,” hosted by news anchor José Díaz-Balart.

Telemundo’s full statement:

“Telemundo stands with the 800,000 Dreamers who are integral to the economy, culture and spirit of our nation. We are disheartened by the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In addition to the human impact of this decision, repealing DACA will result in the loss of thousands of jobs in the United States and billions of dollars in economic growth over the next decade. We urge Congress to act swiftly to preserve the rights of these valuable members of our community. All of our elected representatives should be held accountable toward this end.”

Statement from Univision CEO Randy Falco:

I am disappointed, to say the least, in today’s announcement by the Administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.

The U.S. government is revoking the ability of roughly 800,000 DREAMers to continue to work and contribute in countless ways to the United States – the only home they have ever known. This is a failure to live up to a commitment already made to DREAMers and is contrary to America’s values and traditions.

As parents are sending their kids back to college, thousands of DREAMer students pursuing college degrees are trying to focus on learning, not knowing if they will be able to complete their studies. As the government sends more troops to Afghanistan, DREAMer soldiers will be deployed to fight on the front lines, knowing that the freedoms they are protecting may not be afforded to them when they return home. As employers work to build the U.S. economy, DREAMer employees who are paying taxes and contributing to the future of our nation face uncertainty of their own economic futures.

Let’s be very clear – DREAMers are our students, soldiers, first responders, coworkers, neighbors, and friends. Here at UCI we will continue to stand by them, including those talented DREAMers working at our company to advance our mission of entertaining, informing, and empowering the Hispanic community and the rising American mainstream we serve. Their stories are unmistakably American. They deserve better than this.

That is why today’s announcement should not be seen by those who espouse anti-immigrant sentiments as a “win” or a way to send hundreds of thousands of immigrants back into the shadows. We must not allow this move to foster ethnic discrimination in our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces.

Instead, this is a call to Congress to fix this mess before the United States experiences the estimated $280 to $460 billion reduction in economic growth from the loss of DREAMers in our workforce, as estimated by some studies. This is a call for Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact meaningful immigration reform that takes into account those who were brought here as children and are raising their hands to learn, to serve, and to work should be allowed to legally remain in the U.S.

The American values of hard work and commitment have led millions of immigrants to the United States in search of opportunity. These values are embodied by DREAMers. It is time to permanently protect the DACA program.

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4 Responses to “Univision and Telemundo condemn end of DACA; will air news specials”

  1. Mari says:

    It is unfortunate, however I saw this coming. I’m a Democrat and voted for Hillary. Anyone Latino or not who voted fro Trump, this are the results now DACA is gone!

  2. Orlando says:

    What exactly is Univision & Telemundo as well all the affected DACA recipients condemning? they all knew this was bound happen, we should be condemming Univision & Telemundo for their lack of support on this matter, instead of reporting all these decisions, they should have educated the thousand of DACA recipients as well as they ignorant parents for not becoming US Citizens prior to the elections, if they’ve done so, Hillary Clinton could have been granted their citizenship by now, Univision & Telemundo should be NOW telling their audience to get their citizenship or the next wave of people been asked to leave or deported, will be the rest of the mass ignorant Hispanics residents that for not giving up their Mexican citizenship or for listening to the uneducated, ignorant marketa friends,soon they all will be returning to the country that ran them out already.

  3. BiasedWeAre says:

    Ya veremos la misma apologia, hipocresia y mala memoria de siempre.
    “Que malo es Trump, que bueno fue Obama”
    What a pathetic joke. Period.

  4. Andres says:

    It is stupid at best to blame DACA recipients and the news media for a very complex situation, doing so only shows ignorance and the same narrow minded attitude that seems prevalent nowadays.The reason people covered by DACA do not apply for citizenship is that they aren’t allowed to.

    Federal immigration and naturalization law contains a categorical bar that prevents, in most circumstances, a person from applying for permanent residency or citizenship if their most recent entry to the United States was “uninspected”: that is, other than at a port of entry where they were inspected by a border control officer. Most of the people who are eligible for deferred action under DACA are people who entered the United States other than at a port of entry at an age where they were too young to be held responsible for their own actions. There is no mechanism in current law that would allow them to become citizens or even permanent residents, and thus no means for them to attain any immigration status that would allow them a statutory right to remain in the United States.

    Please before you comment, take the time to do some research; that way you may dilute your prejudices.

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I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. I've worked for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and Los Angeles Fox and UPN stations before diving into a convergence model at the San Jose Mercury News. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in August of 2016. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. In addition to running Media Moves, which I founded in June of 2007, I'm a regular contributor to Forbes and also do freelance work as writer, reporter and producer.
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