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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty on Trump Administration’s DACA Announcement: ‘A Cruel Decision from Which We Gain Nothing’

September 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement condemning President Trump’s decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

“The people that President Trump just turned his back on are hardworking young Americans who contribute to our economy, obey our laws, and give back to their communities. In many cases, they know no other country. For our government to invite these young people to come out of the shadows with the promise of protection only to rip that protection away for political expediency is un-American and indefensibly cruel.

“Nobody has ever claimed that DACA is a perfect solution. Temporary protection for hardworking young immigrants is no substitute for the comprehensive reform we need to fix our broken immigration system. But we gain nothing – economically or otherwise – by tossing away those protections without any plan for fixing the underlying problems in our immigration system.

“I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together and pass comprehensive immigration reform that strengthens our economy and creates an earned path to citizenship. The need for bipartisan action has just become even more urgent.”