September 05, 2017

Castro Statement on President Trump’s Decision to End DACA

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“The end of DACA is a tragedy for our nation. Nearly 800,000 young people who love the United States are now thrust into limbo. Families will be torn apart, businesses will lose valued employees, and fear will grow in communities across the country. The Trump Administration’s decision betrays the trust Dreamers put in the government, and it contradicts our nation’s core principles.

“Now it’s up to Congress to do the right thing and pass legislation that will protect DACA recipients. Republicans must make a choice: will they stand with President Trump and help carry out his mass deportation plan, or will they act on behalf of the majority of Americans who support DACA? This decision is not just about policy; it defines our morality. There has never been a more urgent need for Congress to act and take a stand for Dreamers.”