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Engel Statement on 6th Anniversary of DACA

Engel Statement on 6th Anniversary of DACA

“Six years ago, President Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, giving protected status and work authorization to 800,000 hardworking young DREAMers brought to this country as children. DACA recipients are our neighbors, teachers, servicemembers, health care professionals, and friends. Their contributions have made our country great.

“President Trump’s decision to end DACA and force hundreds of thousands into legal limbo was cruel and unnecessary. I have spent the past 10 months fighting to protect DREAMers and their families. Earlier this week, 216 members of Congress had reached a bipartisan compromise to offer a permanent legislative solution to DACA. Unfortunately, GOP leaders derailed the process and are holding DREAMers hostage to enact the President’s hyper-partisan, anti-immigrant agenda. And all this is happening while immigrant families are being torn apart at the border by an Administration run amok.

“We’re better than this. The American people overwhelming support DREAMers and I will continue fighting to ensure our country remains open and free to all.”