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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Rep. Waters to DACA Recipients: We will Fight this Together​

September 5, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Waters to DACA Recipients: We will Fight this Together​

WASHINGTON Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after it was announced that President Trump will end DACA in six months:

“I am deeply disturbed by Donald Trump’s decision to put an expiration date on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).  These DACA recipients came to America as children, innocent of any wrongdoing.  For many, this is the only country that they know.  They registered with the government; they underwent background checks; they go to school here; they live in our communities; and they pay taxes.  For all 800,000 of them, the United States is their home.

“Donald Trump has demonstrated again and again, on an almost daily basis, an extreme lack of empathy and a disregard for the plight of others.  In phasing out DACA, he revealed that he not only lacks empathy, but that he’s spineless too.  For a man, who has so often thrown around the threat of lawsuits for the slightest perceived grievance, to now phase out DACA because he’s scared of a legal threat from the Texas Attorney General shows that Trump – the bully – will back down from a fight, even when that fight affects hundreds of thousands of people. Trump routinely deflects and abdicates his presidential responsibilities, and his DACA decision is yet another example. He is more abdicator–in-chief than commander, and America again must look elsewhere for leadership.

“I will fight every day for those Americans affected by Trump’s selfish, politically motivated and reprehensible actions. To the 800,000 DACA recipients nationwide that love the United States and consider it home, to the more than 200,000 DACA recipients living in California[1] and to the almost 50,000 school-age children in Los Angeles County that will become eligible for DACA in future years,[2] I extend my hand to you, and I want you to know that we will fight this, together.”

 

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[1] http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/01/unauthorized-immigrants-covered-by-daca-face-uncertain-future/

[2] http://www.migrationpolicy.org/news/county-level-view-daca-population-finds-surprising-amount-ethnic-enrollment-diversity