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Congressman Denny Heck’s statement regarding decision by President Trump to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Sep 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement after the Trump Administration decided to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

"If we end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), we will be effectively exporting American potential and robbing ourselves of all that DREAMers contribute to our society. Make no mistake, all Americans, no matter where they were born, will suffer an emotional and economic toll as a result of this terrible action. For my family and yours, I will fight it every step of the way. Congress must do everything possible to protect our neighbors from irresponsible policy that puts us at an economic disadvantage and inflicts unnecessary pain on loved ones for generations."

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, established in 2012, allowed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to grant “deferred action” for people in the United States who were brought to the country as a child. The requests to defer removal of an individual are granted on a case-by-case basis, and the deferment provides employment authorization.  To be eligible under DACA, a person must have arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday, must be currently in school or have graduated from high school or be an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States, and they must not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat.

Since 2012, DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 law-abiding young people (DREAMers) to study in U.S. schools, work legally in the U.S., and pay taxes to the U.S. Treasury.