This past week, the President decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This action is cruel, heartless and does nothing to secure our borders or fix our immigration system.
Nearly 800,000 children brought to this country by their parents have known no other home than the United States, including more than 17,800 right here in Washington state who are studying, working and contributing to our economy. Rescinding DACA puts these young people at risk of deportation to countries they may not even remember. We should be supporting, not deporting these young people who simply want to pursue their dreams right here in the country they call home.
Everyone I talk to, from farmers and business owners to families and border patrol agents, agrees we are long overdue for comprehensive immigration reform. Punishing young people who are in the United States by no fault of their own is not the way to do that. That’s why I’ve cosponsored the Dream Act (H.R. 3440) and helped introduce the American Hope Act (H.R.3591), which would provide Dreamers with a conditional pathway to citizenship.
It is past time for Congress to come together to enact comprehensive reform in a responsible and compassionate way. And I’ll keep working to fix our broken immigration system in a bipartisan way so it works for families and our economy.
As always, my office is here to serve you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on social media or through signing up for my e-newsletter. If you know someone who is concerned about their immigration status, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085.