Rush Statement on Trump Administration's Decision to End DACA


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

Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement that the Trump Administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program:

"I am extremely disappointed in the Trump Administration's decision to end DACA. We must remember that DACA participants were brought to the United States through no fault of their own and are trying to do what most Americans take for granted: go to school, earn a livable wage, and provide for themselves and their families in order to improve their lives; in short, they are trying to achieve their American dream.

"Rescinding this program not only deprives our country of nearly a million talented and driven individuals, it also opens the possibility that program participants will be deported to a country that is foreign to them. A country where they may not know anybody, not speak the language, and not have anywhere to go. Simply put, this is mean-spirited and inhumane.

'I call upon Congressional leadership to immediately begin work to protect these individuals and preserve DACA and I encourage my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to join me in working to save it."