Rep. Adriano Espaillat Condemns President’s Decision to Terminate DACA, Demands Vote on DREAM Act

September 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement following President Trump’s announcement that he will terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“President Trump’s decision to undercut the stability, hope and opportunity that the DACA program offered to millions of young people strikes at the core of our shared American values.

“DACA has unlocked life-changing opportunities for the nearly 800,000 DREAMers who have been granted permission to live and work legally in America after passing extensive background checks.  As students, servicemembers, neighbors and good citizens, our patriotic and courageous young DREAMers make rich contributions to the fabric of our nation.  Yet in an unconscionable and immoral move, the president stamped out their American dream.

“Mr. Trump had many options and every opportunity to work with Congress to find a solution to our broken immigration reform. Instead he chose to cruelly end a successful program that has tremendous bipartisan support.

“Congress must act quickly to protect DREAMers and immigrant families from this reckless and divisive president’s mass deportation agenda.  I call on my Republican colleagues to bring the DREAM Act to the floor a vote without delay.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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