Rep. Maloney Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Rescind DACA
In response to the Trump Administration announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be rescinded, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), cosponsor of the BRIDGE Act and American Hope Act of 2017, released the following statement:
“Since 2012, when DACA was first launched, nearly 800,000 young people have been enrolled in the program. DACA helped breathe life into the American dream for a generation of people who came to the United States as children seeking a better future, just as earlier generations of Americans did so. These individuals are our neighbors and friends who have grown up here in the United States, who have done nothing wrong, and have only ever known the United States as their home. Before DACA, these young people had lived in the shadows of our communities. Since DACA began, these good-hearted Americans have come forward in hopes of being granted fully legal status and the chance to continue making positive contributions to their communities and our country without fear of deportation.
“DACA participants bring real economic benefits to our states and nation. A recent Center for American Progress assessment found that ending the DACA program would remove at least $460.3 billion from the U.S. GDP, cumulatively over a decade.
“I will continue to do all I can to protect DREAMers and reverse this decision as we continue to work toward real, comprehensive immigration reform. The BRIDGE Act and the American Hope Act are good places to start. House Republican leadership should allow votes on these important pieces of legislation. It is our diversity and opportunity that makes this country so great, and I hope all my colleagues will take that to heart.”