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Statement from Board of Legislators Democratic Caucus on President Trump’s Actions Regarding DACA

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) “We are a nation of immigrants. Ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a cruel move and a step back from the ideals upon which our country was founded. DACA, a policy put forth by President Obama, provided protections to immigrant youth who met certain criteria and afforded them a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.


“DREAMers were brought here as small children to live out the American Dream - the same as many of us and our parents, grandparents, & great-grandparents. And just like our relatives, DREAMers have made the most of their opportunity by working hard, attending school, and contributing mightily to our economy and social fiber of our diverse nation. Ending this program means uprooting classrooms, small businesses, & communities as a whole. These are effects that will be felt by all - no matter your background.


“This move on the national level only serves to heighten the need for action at home. Including our introduction of an anticipated resolution demanding the federal government reverse this decision on DACA & securing an override of the County Executive’s veto of the Immigrant Protection Act, a bi-partisan act that fully complies with federal law that aims to provide protections to our neighbors that Washington is failing. Targeting immigrants in our community is not the American way.”

 

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