ROSEN COMMEMORATES FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DACA, CALLS FOR BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO PROTECT DREAMERS
LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and urged Congress to protect DREAMers and finally pass comprehensive immigration reform:
“Congress’ inability to pass immigration reform continues to hold back our economy and leave millions of families in limbo. President Obama’s DACA program has successfully helped solve one piece of this problem over the last five years — helping young, law-abiding immigrants come out of the shadows, obtain work permits, get driver’s licenses, and enroll in higher education without fear of deportation. Our diversity is one of our greatest assets, and DACA has helped keep families together while strengthening Nevada’s economy and our communities. Forcing law-abiding immigrant youth to live in perpetual fear when this is the only country they’ve ever known as home is incompatible with our values as Americans. I support ongoing efforts in Congress to reach a bipartisan solution to protect DREAMers immediately, and I hope my Republican colleagues will stop ignoring the need for smart, comprehensive solutions to fix our broken immigration system.”
The DACA program protects more than 12,000 young immigrants in Nevada. According to the Center for American Progress, Nevada’s economy would suffer an annual GDP loss of more than $585 million if the Trump administration ends DACA.