June 15, 2017

Castro Statement on Fifth Anniversary of DACA

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“This is a bittersweet day, as we recognize the fifth anniversary of a program that’s under threat despite having made such a positive impact on our nation. DACA has changed the lives of nearly 790,000 young people who call America home. These DREAMers – many of whom can’t remember living in any other country and were brought to this nation through no fault of their own – enrolled in DACA to remain with their loved ones and contribute to our society. The DACA program is consistent with our nation’s core values and heritage as a country of immigrants. DREAMers bolster our economy, enrich our society, thrive academically, and defend our nation by putting their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. While we in Congress must continue to work towards comprehensively reforming our nation’s broken immigration system, DACA has proven to be a positive step in improving America’s immigration policy and should not be repealed.”