Engel Calls President Trump’s Decision to End DACA a “Cruel Mistake”

Sep 3, 2017
Congressman Eliot Engel (center) joined Congressman Adriano Espaillat, New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and local DREAMers at a press conference in New York City on Thursday in support of the Deferred Actio for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

New York—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on reports of President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with a 6 month delay:

“Since the campaign, President Trump has threatened to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which for the last 5 years has protected young unauthorized immigrants from senseless deportation. Now, according to reports, the President has decided to follow through on his threat, and that decision is a cruel mistake.

“To date, the program has protected over 800,000 young immigrants—DREAMers whose parents brought them to our country so they could have a chance at the American Dream. Since arriving, these young men and women have worked hard, attended school, and joined our workforce. But killing DACA will now force hundreds of thousands of those young DREAMers back out of work, overturn their lives and the lives of their families, create disruption for businesses, and send shockwaves throughout our economy. Those are serious implications for every American, no matter their background or ethnicity.

“We are a nation of immigrants and our strength has always lied with our diversity. Punishing people because their parents sought a better life for them on our soil isn’t just disgraceful, its un-American. The President has made a bad move here, one that could have broad implications for our country and economy. We should be building bridges with our immigrant communities, not walls.”

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Please note this statement and photo were originally published on September, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.