Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement denouncing President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era program that protects certain young undocumented immigrants from deportation:
"President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is immoral and wrong. DREAMers, who were brought to the United States as children, are Americans in the eyes of their communities. They grow up alongside our children, have graduated from school or served in the military, pay billions in taxes, and contribute to our economic growth and competitiveness.
"Today's announcement continues a pattern of anti-immigrant actions and policies by the Republican Party. In an undemocratic and underhanded move, majority leadership stripped from an upcoming spending package a bipartisan provision, introduced by Appropriations Democrats, that makes DACA recipients eligible for federal jobs.
"It is past time for comprehensive immigration reform that gives these young people a path to citizenship while reforming our nation's broken immigration laws, keeping families together, and protecting our economy and our borders."