Cicilline: Enough Dilly-Dallying, Trump Needs to Protect DACA

Friday, September 1, 2017

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today as President Trump threatens to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative that protects people who came to the United States as children:

“If the President chooses to end DACA, he will be tearing apart families and disrupting entire communities. He will cost our economy $460 billion over the next decade. And he will make it even more difficult for Congress to pass a comprehensive solution that fixes our broken immigration system.”

“The President’s decision will impact millions of people who are living in the United States today. The President needs to stop playing games with people’s lives. His public indecision today, after months of demonizing immigrants, is creating anxiety in cities and towns here in Rhode Island and across America. It’s cruel.”

“Dreamers represent the very best of our American ideals. As children, they were brought to America. They grew up here. They have embraced our values. And they want nothing more than to give back to this country that they love. The President should act soon to ensure they can do this.”

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