June 18, 2020

Harris Applauds Supreme Court Decision Preserving DACA Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump terminated the DACA program on September 5, 2017, throwing the lives of over 600,000 DREAMers into chaos.

“DACA has allowed young immigrants who were brought here by their parents to live and work in this country without fear that they would be deported. Dreamers are part of our communities. They are our classmates, our work colleagues, our role models, and our friends and neighbors.

“The administration’s decision to break our promise to these young people was cruel and inhumane. Since day one of his administration, this president has repeatedly attacked immigrant communities and used them as political bargaining chips instead of treating them like human beings. This administration has, time and time again, used anti-immigrant sentiment to drum up fear. They have shamelessly pushed for a border wall, erected barriers to citizenship, and restricted due process for those seeking refuge in our country. This is all part of a reckless and cruel push to remake the demographics of our country using an anti-immigrant agenda.

“Today’s ruling was important, but it is not a lasting solution. The House of Representatives has put forth strong legislation, the American Dream and Promise Act, which the Senate should vote on today. Every day that passes without protections for DACA recipients set forth in our laws, is another day that these young people must live in fear of being taken away from their families and communities. These young people should not continue to live in fear of one day being turned away from the only country they know as home.”