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September 5, 2017
Press Release

Following President Trump's announcement that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen released the following statement:

“I am utterly appalled by President Trump’s heartless betrayal of DREAMers in Nevada and across the country. By inviting these young people to come out of the shadows, raise their hands, and make themselves known, the United States made a promise to those who came here as children. President Trump is now reneging on that promise, exploiting the trust DREAMers placed in their government to protect them from deportation from the only country they have ever known as home. These children, college students, servicemembers, and others were invited to come forward and are now being placed squarely in the crosshairs of President Trump’s deportation force. The White House should be ashamed of this cowardly decision. Now it is up to Congress to right his wrong and pass legislation that provides permanent relief to DREAMers so that they can continue to contribute to our country without fear of being kicked out of the country that they love.”

Background: The Trump Administration announced on Tuesday  that, after a six-month period, he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In Nevada, DACA has allowed more than 13,000 young people to come forward, pass background checks, and live and work legally. Nationwide, DACA has protected from deportation 800,000 individuals who know no home but the U.S.

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen is a co-sponsor of the American Hope Act of 2017, legislation to ensure that all undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children have the opportunity to apply for conditional permanent resident status and, eventually, if they continue to be law-abiding contributors to society, obtain permanent residency status and then American citizenship.