Today marks the 4 year anniversary of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Rep. Ruben Gallego released the following statement:
"Over the past four years, the DACA program has allowed thousands of young immigrants who were raised in the United States to come out of the shadows and become active members of our communities and active contributors to our economy.
"While Republicans repeatedly refused to take steps to fix our broken immigration system, President Obama took action to create commonsense policies designed to allow hardworking immigrant families to remain together.
"The positive impact of the DACA program has been well-documented, and President Obama's plan to expand DACA and implement a similar program for the parents of U.S. citizen children (DAPA) would have opened up those benefits to more people in our communities.
"I remain committed to fighting for that program, as well as permanent solutions to fix our broken immigration system. I call on my Republican colleagues in Congress to abandon the divisive, hateful rhetoric espoused by some in their party, and instead work with Democrats to finally pass comprehensive immigration reform."