Congressman Price Issues Statement on Decision to Rescind the DACA Program
Washington - Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“President Trump’s shameful decision to rescind the DACA program puts the futures of 800,000 young Americans at risk. This callous decision isn’t just a betrayal of ‘DREAMers’ in North Carolina and across the country; it is a betrayal of the very idea of the American dream. These young people were brought to our country without their consent and have known no other country as their own. They are our neighbors, our classmates, our colleagues, and members of our Armed Services. They pledge allegiance to our flag, pay our taxes, and contribute to our economy.
President Trump has said repeatedly that he would treat DREAMers with ‘great heart.’ While we have become accustomed to his broken promises, this may be his most heartless decision yet.
Make no mistake: today’s announcement was driven entirely by cynical political calculations, not by any constitutional or legal requirement. But now that the decision has been made, Congress must act to fix it. In 2010, I voted with my colleagues in the House to pass the DREAM Act, only to see Senate Republicans defeat the measure. House leadership must bring the DREAM Act, or equivalent legislation, back to the floor for a vote without delay. We must protect these families from the anguish and suffering inflicted by the Trump Administration’s mass deportation agenda.”