The administration’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a devastating blow to our country and the promise of America.
President Trump has told DACA recipients they “shouldn’t be very worried” and promised that they can “rest easy” because he is “not after the Dreamers, we are after the criminals…That is our policy." With today’s announcement, President Trump showed it is foolish to believe his word.
More than 750,000 young people have been protected from deportation under DACA. These law-abiding youth and young adults live, work, and study here in the United States. For many, the U.S. is the only home they have ever known. These are our friends, classmates, colleagues, and neighbors. These are hardworking members of our communities who contribute to our economy and the fabric of our nation. They deserve an opportunity to continue pursuing their goals. This is the American dream and has been the foundation of our country for centuries.
Now that President Trump has gone back on his word, it’s even more important to take a stand for a law that will offer lasting protections to these young people. The Dream Act of 2017 was recently introduced in both the House and Senate. This bipartisan legislation would provide a permanent solution to create a path forward for these hundreds of thousands of DREAMers.