Rep. Adriano Espaillat Statement on President Trump’s Decision to End the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

September 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“To say I am enraged is an understatement. Trump lied to DREAMERS and he lied to the American people when he said DREAMERS could ‘rest easy’. Fearing the threat of deportation and losing your ability to work and study is not ‘resting easy’ and serves as even further proof of how the Trump Administration has consistently failed the immigrant community,” said Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Since its implementation, DACA has been transformative to the lives of program recipients and has yielded economic growth for cities, states and our nation as a whole. We have witnessed tremendous engagement and involvement of Dreamers who give back to their communities and to the country they know and love. Closing the doors on DACA will have profound and devastating impacts on nearly 800,000 DACA recipients and their families, and a measurable consequence on communities around the nation as well as America’s standing and influence around the world.

“America is a nation founded by immigrants, yet we find ourselves today fighting to protect a program that shields eligible young men and women who came to America as children. We stand united and we will stand strong to resist efforts to end DACA as the fate of the country and the future of immigration in America depends on it. And to DREAMERS: especially during these dark times, we have your backs and no announcement from Trump’s xenophobic Administration will change that.

“Regardless of your religion, color of skin, ethnicity, or cultural background, any immigrant coming to this country with a vision for hope, freedom and opportunity – for themselves and for their families, should always feel as though they belong here in the United States of America. DACA’s demise is a first step in reversing U.S. immigration policy and today’s decision significantly damages our national interests at home and abroad.”

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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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