Boyle Statement Opposing Trump Decision to End DACA
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s decision that his administration will end the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“As the proud son of an immigrant myself, I am appalled by this shameless and irrational disavowal of our nation’s immigrant youth who contribute so much to our country every day. DACA has empowered 800,000 bright, promising young people, who were brought to this country through no choice of their own as children, to come forward out of the shadows and pursue higher education, work legally, pay taxes, and have a real place in the only country they call home. Dreamers are our nurses, our teachers, our local business owners. They are Americans in every way but on paper. This heartless, illogical action is not part of any coherent plan to improve immigration or fight crime.”
DACA participants, or Dreamers, were brought to the United States as children, have been in the United States for the last ten years, are in school or served in the military, and have not committed a crime. They undergo thorough periodic background checks to authorize their protected legal status in the country. Studies show that ending DACA would cost Pennsylvania alone over $357 million in annual GDP losses, and cost the United States over $460 billion in GDP losses over the next decade. At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies—including Apple, General Motors, Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo—employ Dreamers.
Congressman Boyle has been a consistent supporter of legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants and create sensible pathways to citizenship or legal status that enables these young adults to be protected, productive members of our society. In August, he joined 156 other Democrats on a letter to President Trump urging him to continue administering the DACA program. Congressman Boyle also joined an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the program. He also cosponsors legislation, H.R. 3591, the American Hope Act, which would provide young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children with protection from deportation and an opportunity to obtain conditional legal status if they meet certain requirements.