Lofgren Statement on Decision to End DACA

September 5, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump has decided to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay:

 "President Trump's cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program creates a moral emergency for our nation. Some 800,000 DACA recipients brought to the United States as children are today vital members of our communities and economy. They are as American as any of us – except for paperwork. President Trump's decision to turn his back on them betrays our national character. 

"The threat of court proceedings is an inadequate excuse. President Trump has never been reluctant to go to court when he thinks it would benefit him. In this instance, over 100 law professors recently affirmed that "the legal authority for the Executive Branch to operate DACA…is crystal clear."[1] 

"The impetus for the President's action seems just as clear: an extremist, racist agenda. Seventy-eight percent of Americans oppose the deportation of such young people. [2] However, groups tied to the white nationalist movement have long sought DACA's destruction.[3] Once again, President Trump seems to bend to the will of  extremists rather than mainstream Americans, just as he did while condoning white supremacists  in Charlottesville. 

"Congress must stop this mass deportation of innocent young people. Democratic lawmakers already stand united in our support for DACA recipients, as we do in rejecting attempts to use them as props in broader anti-immigrant legislation. The Dream Act of 2017 (H.R. 3440), which I proudly co-sponsored, would grant them the legal status and path to citizenship that they deserve. The only question is whether Republicans will join the right side of history. 

"The moral stakes could not be higher. The fate of some 800,000 of our nation's young people who will forever consider America home hangs in the balance."


[1]Stephen Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School, et.al, (Aug. 14, 2017); available here.

[2] Morning Consult, National Tracking Poll #170409 (Apr. 20-24, 2017); available here.

[3] America's Voice, In Wake of White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville & Imminent Threats to DACA, CNC Launches New Resource to Expose Attacks on DACA from Anti-Immigrant Organizations with Deep Ties to Racist Extremists (Aug. 30, 2017); available here.

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