LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) – U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar responds to the recent ruling against the Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
He issued a statement calling for this weekend’s ruling against the law.
Cuellar said the end of the program, as the federal judge ruled, is not only a failure for humanitarian reasons, but also for economic reasons.
He cites that nearly 105,000 DACA beneficiaries contribute more than $ 6 billion to the annual gross domestic product.
The comments come after a Texas federal judge ruled on Friday that DACA, the Obama-era program protecting some undocumented immigrants from deportation, is illegal and has blocked new applicants.
Full statement from the Cuellar representative:
“This weekend’s decision is against the law. In my home state of Texas, more than 120,640 young people, who have never known any other country, have benefited from the DACA program. Of these, more than 104,959 work and contribute more than $ 6 billion to the annual GDP. Ending this program, as the judge ruled, is not only a failure for humanitarian reasons but also for economic reasons. We need a two-party comprehensive immigration approach to resolve the challenges at our border and ensure that DREAMERS have a place in the nation they love. The House has passed the Dream and Promise Act, a law that I have co-sponsored, twice. I now call on my colleagues in the Senate to ensure a permanent path to citizenship for all DREAMERS – to end the constant state of uncertainty in which these essential members of our society live on a daily basis.. “
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