Meng Issues Statement on President Trump Ending DACA
Sep 5, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) today issued the following statement on President Trump ending the DACA program.
“Today, my thoughts are with the thousands of young people across this country who have had their dreams for a better future dashed. President Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA places hundreds of thousands of young people at risk of being deported through no fault of their own. Let’s be clear, DACA protected individuals who were brought to this country as children and who subsequently obeyed the law. Many earned degrees from American high schools and universities, and some even served in our military. These are exactly the type of individuals America should embrace, not turn away.
Robert F. Kennedy once remarked: ‘Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.’ As an elected Representative of Queens, New York, and as the daughter of immigrants myself, I know this to be true. America is not so small, or insecure, or diminished that it has no place for the next generation of dreamers and seekers within its borders. It is still, even despite today’s decision, a great nation. And our political leaders should begin conducting themselves as such.
As a Member of Congress, I will do everything in my power over the next six months to fight on behalf Dreamers everywhere, and to ensure that today’s profoundly irresponsible decision is reversed.”