Velázquez on President Trump’s March 5th DACA Deadline
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement six months after President Trump made the cruel decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and after Republicans’ failure to pass a bipartisan solution.
“By terminating DACA, President Trump and Congressional Republicans have not only created a crisis for Dreamers—they’ve prolonged it. At every chance, Democrats have extended a hand to the President. We have offered bipartisan solutions to give Dreamers the chance they deserve—a chance to live the American dream.
“Six months ago, the President told Dreamers that they did not have reason to worry because he has a big heart. Yet, President Trump’s brash and empty rhetoric has proven that he is only interested in obstructing bipartisan solutions. Meanwhile, an estimated 20,000 DACA recipients have already lost their status—a number that is expected to grow exponentially each day that Congress fails to act.
“It is time for the President and Republicans to listen to the majority of Americans who believe that Congress must act to protect Dreamers. We need an up-or-down vote on legislation to codify DACA into law. These incredible young people are the face of America, and they are our future.”