Senator Mazie K. Hirono today marked the fourth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has brought 700,000 young adults out of the shadows, and allowed them to pursue higher education and jobs without fearing deportation.
"Over the past four years, DACA has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to our country as undocumented children through no fault of their own," said Senator Hirono. "The President's action has been truly transformative for many young people in Hawaii, who have been able to come out of the shadows to pursue their dreams of going to college and finding jobs. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court gives nearly five million more people this same opportunity by ruling in favor of protecting expanded DACA and DAPA later this month."
Senator Hirono has signed onto amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in support of implementing the President's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded DACA programs. The Administration's DAPA and DACA programs are on hold until the case is resolved by the Supreme Court, leaving workers and families across the country in limbo due to our broken immigration system.
As the only immigrant currently serving in the U.S. Senate, Senator Hirono has been a leading advocate for fixing our broken immigration system, and as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 113th Congress she was one of the authors of the Senate's 2013 comprehensive immigration reform legislation.