New Democrat Coalition Chair Himes Condemns Trump Ending DACA

Sep 5, 2017
Press Release

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) condemned the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The DACA program has allowed nearly 800,000 immigrants who arrived in the United States as young children to live openly and contribute to their communities and the economy without fear of deportation. DREAMers contribute to our communities and boost our economy, create jobs, and raise wages for U.S. citizens. They are brave members of our military and work in every industry and at nearly each major company in America. Removing 800,000 people from the workforce would cost over $400 billion in lost GDP over the next decade.

New Democrat Coalition Chair Rep. Himes released the following statement:

“Against the advice of American business leaders, Republican leadership, the opinions of the American public, and the crystal clear calls of conscience, President Trump today ended the DACA program. Of all of the President's regular dalliances with mindlessness and heartlessness, this will do the most damage to hundreds of thousands of young lives and to our economy. 

“The President pardons Sherriff Joe Arpaio, a national shame, while casting out Dreamers who wish to succeed as Americans. This is now a moment of truth for the Congress and its Republican leadership. It must act to right this wrong or give up any claim to moral standing or economic wisdom.”