September 01, 2017

Luján Statement on Trump Administration Attempts to Rescind DACA

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today released a statement following the announcement that President Trump will terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:


“DACA has enabled nearly 800,000 talented young people to contribute more fully to this country. They’re nurses, engineers, small business owners, our friends and our neighbors. These young people came to the United States under the age of 16, some of them only a year or two old. They grew up in the U.S., going to our public schools, singing the Star Spangled Banner, pledging allegiance to the only flag they’ve ever known: the American flag.”


“Since 2012, the 9,000 DREAMers in New Mexico have not had to live in fear of deportation.  If the Trump administration moves ahead with this mean-spirited attempt to repeal DACA, those young people and their families will once again risk being torn apart.


I will oppose any attempt by the Trump administration to end DACA and rip these young people away from the country in which they have grown up and that they love and respect. Tearing families apart to achieve a political end does not reflect American values and will not solve our immigration problems.”