Congress Must Act on Status of Dreamers
(Washington, D.C.) – According to news reports, the White House is expected to announce a decision by the President to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“We have long believed in the important contributions made by immigrants towards building America and its future. Yet, today’s immigration system is flawed and in need of durable reforms enacted into law, rather than unilateral executive actions.
Dreamers represent some of the best and brightest in our country. They are students and workers, earning their way and contributing to our families and communities. More executive actions that create uncertainty and worry for the many thousands of good people protected under the DACA program only undercut their potential. They may also hurt our economy, and take the focus of law enforcement away from truly bad actors, who threaten both Americans and the immigrant community.
It is time for leadership to begin to solve the problems with our immigration system. For decades, Congress and the president – under Democrats and Republicans – have failed to come together on immigration reform that recognizes the contributions of immigrants, strengthens our economy, enhances border security, and addresses the status of those here without documentation – including the Dreamers. It is now more important than ever that Congress act.”