Norcross Statement on DACA
CHERRY HILL, NJ – Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) issued the following statement as the Trump Administration formally announced it will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after a six-month delay.
Since 2012, DACA has provided security for 800,000 young men and women who were brought to America as children. Without the program, New Jersey stands to lose nearly $1.6 billion per year.
“DACA improves the lives of young people who know no other country than America and it helps grow the American economy.
“The Administration’s heartless decision could force hundreds of thousands of young people out of the workforce, upend the lives of families and create disruptions for businesses across the country. Any of these effects individually would make the decision ill-advised – together they are unconscionable.
“We need comprehensive immigration reform – like the plan that passed the Senate in 2015 – that provides a pathway to citizenship and enhances our security. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle on this, but until it happens, I strongly urge the President to reconsider.
“This decision goes against American values and undermines the fact that America is a nation of immigrants.”
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