|Posted:||February 8, 2019 10:50 AM|
|From:||Representative Angel Cruz|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Condemning the Decision to End DACA and Urging Congressional Action|
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 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 Act failed. The program 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.
Currently, 700,000 Dreamers benefit from DACA and will be severely affected by the Trump Administration’s decision to end the program. With this announcement, the Administration requested Congress to pass immigration reform legislation before DACA ends. The end of DACA could mean a devastating effect on Dreamers, their families and the United States economy in the form of lost revenue and labor. Because of these 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 by condemning the Trump Administration’s decision to end this vital program and urging 116th Congress to act.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925.
Introduced as HR134