New York—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the 5th Anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“Five years ago, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was implemented and changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers across the country. DACA ensured that our DREAMers—young unauthorized immigrants who were brought to United States as children and attended school here—are protected from the types of senseless deportations which are tearing families apart. To date, the program has protected over 800,000 young immigrants, but the program is under constant attack from Republicans who don’t believe these young men and women deserve a shot at the American dream.
“In light of recent events in Charlottesville, it is especially important right now for us all to acknowledge that America’s strength lies with its diversity. We are a nation of immigrants and we should not be going out of our way to punish people, especially those who came here as children, who are simply seeking a better life. Yes, we need comprehensive immigration reform, but right now we also need to support our DREAMers. One way to do that is to pass the American Hope Act, a bill I’ve cosponsored, that would give conditional permanent resident status to DREAMers while providing a pathway to citizenship.”
Please note this statement was originally published on August 15, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.