January 10, 2017

Senator Kamala D. Harris Questions General John Kelly on Future Treatment of DACA Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During today's Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination of retired General John Kelly, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris questioned the nominee on his position on the use of data collected for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

"In order to receive DACA, these young people submitted extensive paperwork to the federal government including detailed information regarding themselves and their loved ones. They also had to qualify, as you know, for the program, and in qualifying each person's case was reviewed a determined on case-by-case basis because they must not have been convicted of a felony or a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors," Harris said, noting the young people must also not be deemed to pose a threat to national security and pass extensive background checks. "Do you agree that under the DACA we have. . .that we would not use that information against them?"

In addition, Harris questioned Kelly on the use of finite law enforcement resources to target and deport DREAMers who have been raised in America and are now contributing at universities, small businesses and companies, or in the military.

While highlighting the adverse impact that fear of deportation could have on public safety, Harris requested Kelly, "Make it your priority to become aware of the impact on immigrant communities on their reluctance to report crimes against themselves, their family members, or others, when they are concerned that DHS may direct sweeps against entire immigrant communities."

VIDEOof Harris' Exchange with General Kelly

PHOTOof Senator Harris