September 05, 2017

Cortez Masto: Trump DACA Repeal Betrays America’s Immigrant Heritage

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning President Donald Trump’s revocation of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Moments ago, President Trump hid behind his Attorney General to attack the lives of hundreds of thousands of productive, taxpaying, and patriotic aspiring Americans. The President’s actions clearly show he stands with racists like Stephen Bannon and Joe Arpaio. Today’s decision to end DACA protections for DREAMers is not guided by sound policy, but by xenophobia and myths. DREAMers who benefit from DACA know no other country other than the U.S. Denying them DACA protection unjustly rips away their future, exposes them to job loss, and threatens them with deportation from the only country they have ever known. By revoking this program, the Administration robs our communities of their contributions and betrays America’s immigrant heritage.

“DACA’s repeal will cost the U.S. economy $433 billion in the next decade, reduce Social Security tax revenue by $19.9 billion and Medicare tax revenue by $4.6 billion. The human costs are unquestionably more profound. President Trump’s latest actions will not intimidate us. This fight is not over. I call on Republicans in the Senate to take up and immediately pass the DREAM Act.”