BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on Donald Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on March 5, 2018.
“This reckless and cruel decision constitutes a vicious attack on hundreds of thousands of young women and men who want to attend college, find jobs, and participate in our civil society. Their contributions – and the contributions of all immigrants – to this nation are enormous, and will only increase in the coming years. Donald Trump has chosen, however, to punish them, in a misguided effort to undermine the proud legacy of President Obama and to satisfy anti-immigrant white supremacists who are afraid of our modern, diverse nation. Throughout the history of the United States, there are decisions we have come to regret. I am certain that future generations will deeply regret this terrible decision as well. We therefore have a shared responsibility to resist this policy. I urge my colleagues in Congress to enact legislation restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in a manner consistent with the best of our history and values.”