Engel Marks 7 Year Anniversary of DACA Program

Engel Marks 7 Year Anniversary of DACA Program


Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joins the estimated 800,000 DREAMers today recognizing the seven-year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has provided protected status and work authorization to hundreds of thousands hardworking young DREAMers brought to this country as children by their parents. The program was rescinded by President Trump 2 years ago, but House Democrats have passed legislation, H.R. 6 the “American Dream and Promise Act,” which would provide a pathway to citizenship to DREAMers in addition to Temporary Protective Status (TPS) recipients, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. 


“President Obama understood that many immigrant children were brought to our country by no fault of their own and needed to be protected,” said Engel. “I was happy to help pass the American Dream and Promise Act last month, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers as well as TPS and DED recipients. Despite President Trump’s attempts to rescind DACA two years ago, court injunctions have kept the worst of that decision from coming to pass.


“While in the Majority, the GOP tried tying DACA renewal to funding for the President’s ridiculous border wall, something I voted against no less than 5 times. But now, under the new Democratic House Majority, we have passed a permanent fix for our DREAMers, and currently, DACA recipients can still renew their status without delay. I encourage all previous DACA recipients to do so as soon as possible in order to uphold their protected status until further legislation has been passed. For more information on how to renew your DACA status, please contact any one of my offices.”


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