Rep. Maloney Statement on the threats to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
In response to the recent reports that President Trump may rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), cosponsor of the BRIDGE Act and the American Hope Act of 2017, released the following statement:
“Rather than listen to the majority of the American people, there is currently a concerted effort underway by a minority of extremists in this country to do away with the principle of governing by consensus when it comes to DACA.
“Despite polls clearly showing that the vast majority of Americans believe that DREAMers should be allowed to stay, this minority wishes to do away entirely with DACA and erase the promise it made to a generation of young people who believe wholeheartedly in the American Dream. Many of these DREAMers were brought here in their parents arms when they were merely infants. Many have known no other home than the United States and know no other language than English. Ending DACA would be cruel blow to the more than 800,000 young people who have been able to come out of the shadows and are ready, willing, and able to contribute to our country’s social, cultural, and economic development.
“Although DACA is an executive order, I have no doubt that if legislation to implement DACA were brought to the floor of the House next week it would pass. The BRIDGE Act and the American Hope Act of 2017 are two bills with bipartisan support that would protect DREAMers. It is time for the full House to vote on these measures. If we are not allowed to debate or vote on this issue, we are not only turning our back on DREAMers, we are turning our back on our democratic system. We must have a vote.