Congressman García’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Memo on DACA

July 29, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo announcing it will no longer process new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and will limit renewals to only one year, while a review takes place: 

“Trump’s latest attempt to kill DACA comes as no surprise. This is the same Administration that has spent the last three years attacking and scapegoating immigrants, caging migrant children, and likening Mexican immigrants to rapists and drug dealers.

“We knew the Supreme Court decision issued in June was a temporary victory. This latest assault by the Trump Administration will thrust thousands of young people back to living in limbo. Trump is laying the groundwork to end DACA and is now openly defying the courts by circumventing the Administration's legal obligations. As states challenge this White House in the courts, the onus is on the Senate to bring H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act to the floor for a vote.

“DACA recipients and those waiting to apply remain on the frontlines of the pandemic. They are our doctors, nurses, first responders, and essential workers and have known no other country than America, as their home. Worrying about deportation should not be a burden they carry. Instead we owe these young people a permanent pathway to citizenship immediately.”

Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States deemed the Administration did not comply with the legal procedural requirements needed to terminate DACA. Last week, a U.S. District Court in Maryland ordered the Trump Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to implement the full restoration of DACA and accept new applications.