Las Vegas, Nev. – On the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), participated in a town hall for DACA recipients, their families and the community to highlight the overwhelming benefits DACA has had for our country as well as the state of Nevada. Senator Cortez Masto reiterated her commitment to protecting DACA recipients from anti-immigrant advocates who threaten this vital program.
“There is no denying that DACA has had a significant impact on not only DACA recipients and their families but on the country as a whole,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “Because of this important program, thousands of DACA recipients are able to attend college, become professionals in countless fields, and work without fear of deportation. By gaining access to these opportunities, DACA recipients have the chance to come out of the shadows and contribute to our communities.”
“Yet anti-immigrant Attorneys General and some Republicans in Congress continue to refuse to accept that DACA recipients are hardworking members of our communities. Although President Trump expressed some sympathy for DACA recipients, his racist policies and actions on immigration demonstrate that he stands with Congressman Steve King, not Dreamers. Under his watch, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has targeted and arrested DACA recipients as they have studied, gone to church, and exercised their right to protest. We must continue to use our voices to fight for DACA recipients and all those under threat from this Administration and our inhumane and broken immigration system. My dedication to fighting for comprehensive immigration reform is unwavering. I will continue to stand with Dreamers and I will not give up until we fix our broken immigration system.”