Two years ago today, President Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA grants temporary relief to undocumented youth who have grown up in the United States and who have only known the U.S. as home. In a statement today, our President and CEO, Janet Murguia, recognized the anniversary and urged President Obama to take action on his own in the face of Congressional inaction:
“Over the past two years, DACA has had resounding success, enabling hundreds of thousands of DREAMers to continue pursuing their educational and professional ambitions without the fear of deportation. For these hardworking young people who have grown up in the United States…DACA has kept the promise of the American Dream alive….”
“When the president chose to use his executive authority two years ago, it was in the face of obstinacy from lawmakers in Congress who refused to pass the DREAM Act. As the recent shameful set of votes in the House of Representatives indicates, we are again at a similar impasse on Capitol Hill. Now more than ever, we need President Obama to exercise a legitimate use of his executive authority to expand relief and limit senseless deportations in order to keep hardworking aspiring Americans together with their families.”
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