Today U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.
This spiteful executive action runs counter to what has made America and Texas great. Our country and our state were built by the irrepressible spirit of people from all over the country and the world. I am proud that Texas was the first state to recognize the value of helping all our students pursue a college education, a career, and a pathway to becoming productive, engaged citizens. These young people embody the spirit of Texas – working hard to overcome personal hardships, help their families and communities, and build a better society.
While the Trump Administration will use the six-month delay to point the finger at Congress, make no mistake that it is the President who is dashing the hopes and dreams of young people protected by the DACA program. Ending DACA is contrary to Texas values and bad for the Texas economy. These young people pay tuition at state colleges and universities, work for Texas businesses, and contribute to their communities. They long to give back to Texas and our country, which for most is the only home they have ever known.
CPPP will continue to stand with Texas immigrants and their families, educators, and the business community to protect pathways to opportunity for immigrants in Texas. We call on Congress to step up now and treat people as people, helping us to maintain a strong modern economy.