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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: September 6, 2017 12:40 PM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Condemning the Trump Administration’s Decision to End the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Urging Congress to Act by Passing the DREAM Act of 2017.

In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution condemning the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and urging Congress to act by passing S. 1615 sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), known as the Dream Act of 2017.

The DACA program was authorized in 2012 by then President Obama as a compromise between his administration and Congress after the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed. DACA provides temporary deportation deferral to individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” who pass vetting so they may live, study and work legally in the only country they know as home.

800,000 Dreamers currently benefit from DACA and will be severely affected by the Trump Administration’s decision to end the program by March 2018. With this announcement, the Administration requested Congress to pass immigration reform legislation before DACA ends. While having a devastating effect on the Dreamers and their families, the broader United States economy could potentially be affected with lost revenue and labor. Because of the far-reaching implications, DACA should not be ended or used by the President to force Congress to pass immigration reform legislation.

Please join me in calling for the preservation of DACA so that 800,000 Dreamers don’t end up living a nightmare and in demanding more from Congress by urging the passage of the DREAM Act of 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925.

Introduced as HR491