Rep. Deutch Statement on President Trump Rescinding DACA


Date: Sept. 5, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) issued this statement after President Trump announced that he would revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA):

"The President's plan to end the DACA program is cruel and inhumane.

"The DACA program is not a free government handout, and it's not an amnesty program. DACA has allowed the estimated 800,000 people in our country, almost 33,000 in Florida, who were brought to the US at young ages through no fault of their own to come out of the shadows and become contributing members of our society. They are hard-working young people who want nothing more than to have all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

"I've heard from many DREAMers in South Florida who have shared how much this program has meant to them and the severe and personal damage revoking DACA will have on their lives and their families. Though they were not born here, America is the country they proudly call home.

"It's unconscionable that the Trump Administration announced its intention to kick out these hardworking, committed young adults and break up families when these DREAMers have known no other country but the United States. It is inhumane to send these young people to countries they have no connection to, countries where they may not even speak the language.

"President Trump said he would treat DREAMers with heart and with compassion, but this act is heartless and disregards their plight. Congress must finally act to protect these DREAMers by passing bipartisan, comprehensive, and compassionate immigration reform. And the President must show some humanity by signing it."