Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Statement on Reports that Trump will end DACA
Washington D.C. – Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), released the following statement after reports surfaced that President Trump has decided to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay period:
“If reports are true, then Mr. Trump’s decision to end DACA will stand as an indefensible and unjust act of cruelty. In every way, DACA has made our nation stronger and kept alive the American dream for 800,000 aspiring Americans. I urge him to protect DREAMers by keeping DACA in place, while Congress works to find a permanent legislative solution. The two are not mutually exclusive. DREAMers’ lives are not bargaining chips and should not be used as pawns in furthering the President’s anti-immigrant agenda. They are children who are American in every way, their contributions are real, and they and their futures should be treated with the dignity to which every person is entitled. Any attempt to end DACA, whether it is tomorrow or in six-months, will devastate lives, ruin families, and disrupt businesses and local economies. Such a deliberately immoral decision would tear at the fabric of our country and be a permanent stain on our history. It is critical that the President uphold DACA until Congress passes the DREAM Act.