Blumenauer Calls Trump’s Decision to End DACA “Cruel and Heartless,” Urges Congress to Permanently Protect DREAMers

September 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) today released the following statement on Donald Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“This move is cruel and heartless, and there are 800,000 reasons why. DREAMers call the United States home. They are our neighbors, friends, colleagues, and classmates—and they put their faith in the U.S. government by coming forward and registering for this program.

“Trump may try to break our commitment to them, but Americans overwhelmingly stand with DREAMers and want a path forward for them here in the United States. Republican leadership must heed this call.Words are not enough. Passing legislation to permanently protect DREAMers is the least we should do. Now is also the time to bring up the bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform legislation that passed in the Senate in 2013. In the face of Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant agenda, Congress must advance a more rational, compassionate approach.”