Ruppersberger Issues Statement Opposing Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative by the Trump Administration:
“President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program does little to solve the very real problems inherent in our current immigration system. We need to prioritize immigration enforcement to the few bad apples that endanger the otherwise law-abiding immigrant community, going after gang members and criminal aliens – a group of which DREAMers are not part. That is why I have always advocated for priority immigration enforcement, and it is why I oppose this move by the Trump administration.
Every single one of the more than 800,000 DREAMers in our country has a clean criminal record – it is a requirement of the program. DREAMers are expected to contribute $460.3 billion to our economy over the next ten years. America is the only place they call home and they contribute in immeasurable ways to the fabric of our great nation. To deport them would break up families, destroy the productive lives DREAMers have built in this country, and remove some of our most promising young people. This decision is not only inhumane, but also un-American.
In my time in Congress, I have sponsored legislation to create a pathway to citizenship. My office has sent multiple letters to the administration asking to uphold the DACA program. However, as I said when the DACA program was first introduced by President Obama, comprehensive immigration reform is the responsibility of Congress – not the President. For years now, the House has had plenty of opportunities to pass bipartisan legislation to address the problems in our immigration system, yet current leadership has refused to even bring it to the floor.
We cannot deport our way out of the complex challenges posed by immigration, nor can we fix them with a border wall. This is a clear wakeup call for my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, in Congress. It is long past time for both parties to come together to establish a permanent legislative solution to immigration, including a rigorous path to citizenship.”