POLITICS– New York’s senior Congressmen are calling on the GOP to stop President Trump’s ending of the DACA program.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Crowley released the following statement after President Trump announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be shocking if it weren’t so predictable from a president who has routinely demonized immigrants, elevated politics above principles, and catered to the most extreme voices in his party. Given that today’s action comes after President Trump repeatedly claimed he wanted to help these young people, all Americans should realize how empty his promises are when compared to the reality of his political interests.
“The DACA program has allowed nearly one million young adults to contribute to their communities. These are young people who believe firmly in the promise of the United States and consider themselves patriotic Americans. Under DACA, immigrant Americans have been able to go to college or start businesses. They’ve been able to protect our country in the military or aid the elderly and sick at home. In New York City, the DACA program has strengthened not just our economy, but our neighborhoods, as immigrants became community organizers fighting to improve our hometown. It is absurd to think that our nation’s interests are served by ending this program and forcing these individuals back into the shadows. Without a doubt, this action is both heartless and senseless.
“It is now time for Republicans in Congress to stand up. At a minimum, Congress must act to reverse this harmful and revolting policy change. Bicameral legislation has been introduced that would protect this population – and there is no reason for Republicans to delay bringing it to the House and Senate floors for a vote. I look forward to seeing whether my colleagues will stand up for what is right.”
Congressman Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on reports of President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with a 6 month delay:
“Since the campaign, President Trump has threatened to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which for the last 5 years has protected young unauthorized immigrants from senseless deportation. Now, according to reports, the President has decided to follow through on his threat, and that decision is a cruel mistake.
“To date, the program has protected over 800,000 young immigrants—DREAMers whose parents brought them to our country so they could have a chance at the American Dream. Since arriving, these young men and women have worked hard, attended school, and joined our workforce. But killing DACA will now force hundreds of thousands of those young DREAMers back out of work, overturn their lives and the lives of their families, create disruption for businesses, and send shockwaves throughout our economy. Those are serious implications for every American, no matter their background or ethnicity.
“We are a nation of immigrants and our strength has always lied with our diversity. Punishing people because their parents sought a better life for them on our soil isn’t just disgraceful, its un-American. The President has made a bad move here, one that could have broad implications for our country and economy. We should be building bridges with our immigrant communities, not walls.”