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McGovern Statement on DACA Termination

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Washington, September 5, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump’s plan to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative:

“Today’s decision by President Trump to rescind DACA yet again shows us the cruelty and ugliness of his Administration. Instead of displaying leadership on this issue and working with Congress on a solution rather than ending the program, the President has again given in to his worst instincts and supported the voices of hate and bigotry.

“If President Trump actually took the time to talk to DREAMers, he would know that they are proud Americans who contribute to and grow our economy -- they are our neighbors, our friends, and members of our military. They are nurses, engineers, and entrepreneurs. Most were brought here as very young children and worked hard to become responsible community members.

“Forcing these young people to leave the only home they have ever known will needlessly destroy hundreds of thousands of families. Speaker Ryan and House Republicans must immediately bring up legislation to protect DREAMers from the Trump Administration’s heartless decision. Until then, DREAMers should know that the doors to my office are always open to anyone in need of assistance and my office will always be a safe haven.”

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