Leadership is not ending DACA hoping that Congress will act.
Leadership is creating DACA because Congress will not act.
Leadership is NOT ending the program hoping that Congress will act.
Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allowed 740,000 undocumented Americans to continue to live and work in our communities. The beneficiaries were individuals who were brought into the United States as children and grew up as Americans. The proposal to bring them out of the shadows and give them a path towards citizenship was first proposed 17 years ago as the first Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act).
For 17 long years these children grew up, graduated and became taxpayers and part of our economy and part of our communities. In 2010 the House did pass the DREAM Act, however, John Culberson voted against it (Roll Call Vote 625, Dec. 8, 2010). It then died in the Senate.
Congress has failed to act in 17 years. Donald Trump knows Congress and John Culberson will not act in 6 months. If he did, then he would lobby Congress and work to get the legislation passed so he could take credit. Instead, he is continuing to tear apart families and our communities.
Time for a new Congress in 2018.