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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green: DACA Makes Our Country Stronger

September 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representative Gene Green (D-TX) released the following statement after President Trump announced that he will terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“I am disappointed in President Trump’s decision to terminate DACA after he pledged to treat these young people with ‘great heart.’ DACA recipients and DREAMERs have grown up in this country for most of their lives and consider themselves to be American. They know no home other than the United States.”

“Since DACA was created in June 2012, recipients have been provided with a temporary reprieve from deportation and renewable two-year work permits. Over 124,000 young Texans are benefitting from DACA currently.  Terminating this program will force DACA recipients out the workforce and would shrink our national gross domestic product by $433.4 billion over the next decade, according to the Center for American Progress.”

“DACA recipients are our neighbors, classmates, and future doctors. The American public, religious leaders, and corporate executives have acknowledged the benefits of the program and support giving these young people a chance to work and contribute to their communities. I will continue to work alongside my colleagues to protect immigrant families in Texas and eventually work toward passing comprehensive immigration reform.”