Congressman Tim Ryan Condemns President Trump's Shameful Decision to End DACA Program

Sep 5, 2017

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan condemned President Trump for terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides deportation relief to undocumented young men and women who were brought to the United States as children. 

“We are a compassionate nation. A country that has empathy for a struggling family in a new country. A country that lifts up our younger generation so they can have a better future. The DREAMers that DACA protects were brought here as children through no fault of their own. President Trump’s heartless decision go after 800,000 young people is a complete betrayal of his promise to respond ‘with great heart’ to this issue. His choice to pursue this action instead of using our finite resources to go after criminals who have broken our country’s most serious laws shows that his priorities are not in order. He wants Americans to believe that closing the door to immigrants and closing off our nation from the rest of the world will fix our immigration system.  In reality, this reversal will force young people back into the shadows after they voluntarily registered with the government to serve in our military, attend college, and pay taxes. It is unconscionable and un-American that President Trump would move to devastate the futures of individuals who want nothing more than to contribute to the only country they have ever known and loved. Terminating this program goes against the vast majority of Americans who, regardless of their political affiliation, overwhelmingly support allowing these young people to continue their pursuit of the American Dream. 

“We should be focusing on comprehensive immigration reform: a long-term solution for fixing our broken immigration system. We can secure our border through smart investments in advanced border technologies while providing a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are here and abiding by our laws. While it is clear we cannot count on the White House to act with compassion towards DREAMers, Congress has the power to find a legislative solution to resolve the fate of these nearly one million individuals. We have six months to act, the House and Senate leadership must move swiftly and bring up legislation to ensure that these 800,000 young people do not have their futures ripped away, ” said Congressman Ryan