Panetta Statement on President Donald Trump’s Decision to End DACA
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, otherwise known as DACA:
“DREAMers who were brought here as children have proven to be essential to the future of our country. President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program slams the door in the face of countless young people who contribute to the communities in which they have lived for most of their lives. As a result of his decision, these young people will be forced to leave the only country that they have called home and undocumented immigrant families will continue to live in fear of being split up.
“As a nation of immigrants, we must continue to support those who positively contribute to our country and have the vision and the drive to make it better. That is why, as a nation of laws, Congress must work together to pass bipartisan legislation to allow DREAMers to continue to work, contribute to, and live in this country. On the central coast of California, we understand and appreciate that our community is stronger because of the contributions made by people willing to come to this country and improve our society.”