Senate Democratic Caucus statement on shameful DACA decision

Austin – Today, President Trump went back on his word and discontinued President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Senate Democratic Caucus’ statement is as follows:

Since its inception five years ago, DACA has helped nearly 800,000 young people, many in Texas, come out of the shadows. These DREAMers are successful students and professionals who are contributing members of society. They have proven their allegiance to this country, which is the only home they know.

To take that away is not only cruel and morally repugnant, it is shortsighted and works against America’s future success. 

We stand with these DREAMers and their families, and against the anti-immigrant hardliners, many of whom are driven by fear of change. 

Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for those already here, and we must stop scapegoating immigrants, whether because of national origin, religion, or any other reason. 

Congress can start by finally passing the DREAM Act, which has bipartisan support. The vast majority of Americans support allowing DREAMERs to stay, but the president is playing to his political base rather than ensuring the best possible future for our country.

It is up to responsible leaders in both parties to reject this divisive, politically-driven action and seek common ground. Passing the DREAM Act would be a great first step. 

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The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus is comprised of the following members: Sen. José Rodríguez of El Paso (Chair), Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of Mission (Vice Chair), Sen. John Whitmire of Houston, Sen. Judith Zaffirini of Laredo, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. of Brownsville, Sen. Royce West of Dallas, Sen. Carlos Uresti of San Antonio, Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, Sen. Sylvia Garcia of Houston, and Sen. Jose Menendez of San Antonio, Sen. Borris Miles of Houston. 

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