Rep. Chu Statement on Third Anniversary of DACA
Washington, D.C. – Today marks the third anniversary of President Obama’s announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which puts on hold the deportation of many undocumented youth living in the U.S.. DACA allows immigrants who meet certain requirements, including coming to the U.S. before they turned 16, attending school or serving in the military, to temporarily stay and work in the U.S. Last November, the President expanded DACA to include immigrants who were previously too old for the program and added created a the Deferred Action Program for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement on the occasion of the third anniversary of DACA:
“Three years ago today, President Obama put into action what millions of us knew in our hearts: immigrants are woven into our communities and they are not going anywhere. After the House Republican leadership made clear they were not going to take up comprehensive immigration reform last year, the President took the legal and moral step of clarifying that those who have made America their home, have laid down roots, and are contributing to our communities are not deportation priorities.
“In fact, allowing them to stay and continue their education or work will keep families together and grow our economy by $230 billion over ten years. In California alone, the implementation of both expanded DACA and DAPA would contribute almost $76 billion to the state economy, increase earnings for all state residents, and create an average of 9,500 jobs each year.
“The only solution continues to be a legislative solution that creates a path to citizenship and overhauls our broken immigration system. But with Republican leadership still unwilling to act responsibly, the President’s DACA program gives peace of mind to aspiring Americans while building the economy we need. I will continue to protect these programs as the fight for comprehensive immigration reform continues.”