With the announcement of the policy for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on June 15, 2012 by then president Barack Obama, and notwithstanding the subsequent attempts by President Trump to rescind the policy, the government of the United States has effected an agreement with people arriving from countries in distressed conditions, that their children may defer deportation in two-year increments. The intent is to provide those children with protections that will allow them to stay in this country, continue to build their lives and become strong, vibrant contributors to our national society.
Research has shown that DACA has improved employment conditions for those immigrants eligible for the program, improved their mental health outcomes and also reduced the number of illegal immigrant households living in poverty. DACA is almost certainly a net benefit to the U.S. economy and the nation as a whole.
In light of this, I will do everything I can to support the extension of DACA as well as pass the Dream Act to provide a path to citizenship for immigrant children. It is only right that we keep this agreement and recognize that as a nation of immigrants, we must never hold our hands up and say “no more.” It is the variety of immigrant cultures, experiences, knowledge and dreams that has given our country its heart and soul, and will continue to shape it as we move into the twenty-first century.