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Rep. Roybal-Allard Stands with DREAMERS, Defends DACA Program

Rescinding DACA would devastate young immigrants and hurt local communities and economies

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Washington, August 31, 2017 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and the co-chair of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, issued the following statement as President Trump considers the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“It is unconscionable and un-American that President Trump is even considering devastating the futures of the nearly 800,000 young Dreamers who are American in every way, but their immigration status. DACA helps young people who know no home but the United States, to use their talents to strengthen our economy, our society, and our communities.

“Since DACA was created, it has contributed to the positive economic outlook of cities, states, and our nation as a whole. Simply put, without the contributions, innovations and inventions of immigrants, America would suffer. Terminating this critical program would force hundreds of thousands of young people out of the workforce and into the shadows. It would disrupt businesses and send adverse shockwaves through the economies of most of our states.

“The President’s decision to terminate DACA would send a chilling message to immigrant communities across our nation. It would upend their lives and the lives of their families and would be at odds with the wishes of the vast majority of Americans, who, regardless of their political affiliation, overwhelmingly support giving these young individuals a chance at the American Dream to continue their lives in the only nation they call home.
“President Trump should not betray the trust of those who have come forward, passed background checks and were granted permission to live and work legally in America. In fact, Mr. Trump should embrace their stories and contributions, and not search for ways to undermine their place in our nation’s future.

“I call on President Trump to provide certainty for the 800,000 young individuals to remain in their American home and not submit them to the senseless cruelty of deportation.

“In the meantime, I will continue fighting in Congress to protect those covered by DACA. Together, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and I introduced the DREAM Act of 2017, a bipartisan, bicameral bill allowing certain U.S.-raised immigrant youth to earn lawful permanent residence and a pathway to American citizenship. I hope the stories of these DREAMers and the invaluable benefits of their presence helps to convince my colleagues in Congress to join me in this bill.” 

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