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Burgess Statement on Rescission of DACA

Statement

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

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, today released the following statement after Attorney General Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

"The Trump Administration's decision to end DACA is a positive step in reforming our immigration system. From the start, DACA was irresponsible policy that incentivized illegal border crossings. It is the role of the Congress, not the executive branch, to consider and pass legislation. President Obama clearly overstepped his role when he enacted DACA as an executive order. There are legal pathways to immigration that create positive results for immigrants, the American people, and the economy. DACA was never an appropriate or legal answer for thousands of illegal immigrants. By rescinding DACA, President Trump has acknowledged Congress' constitutional authority to consider lasting solutions to secure our borders."


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