Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on President’s DACA Decision
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 about the president’s DACA decision:
“The president’s action to end DACA in six months is outrageous. This is a heartbreaking day for our country, and for the bright young DACA recipients who know no home but America. Our country needs these young people and their talents more than ever to strengthen our economy and our society. President Trump’s decision to end DACA is cruel, destructive, and un-American. The United States is a nation built in large part by the contributions, innovations, and inventions of immigrants. The president’s action against DACA only weakens the United States.
“I will continue fighting in Congress to pass legislation that will permanently protect DACA recipients before the six months expire. That is why I have joined Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in introducing the DREAM Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill allowing U.S.-raised immigrant youth to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship. And it is why I have helped introduce the American Hope Act of 2017, which creates a path to permanent legal status and eventual citizenship for DACA recipients and all qualifying DREAMers brought to the US as children. I call on my fellow congressmembers to join me in supporting these bills, so that we may help these American youth continue to strengthen our country.”