This morning, Senator Cortez Masto spoke at the U.S. Capitol to honor the DACA program’s 10th anniversary and advocate for Congressional action to protect Dreamers
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on the 10th anniversary of the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
“Dreamers are an essential part of our community in Nevada,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’m glad that we have been able to safeguard DACA over the years, but we need to do more to put Dreamers on a path to citizenship while protecting and expanding this essential program. It’s time for members of Congress to stop making empty promises and for this administration to do all they can to stand up for Dreamers. I’ll keep working in the Senate to get it done.”
Senator Cortez Masto has been a strong advocate for meaningful immigration reform that balances critical border security measures with a path to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers. She recently joined Senators Menendez, Luján, and Padilla to call on the Biden administration to take executive action to protect Dreamers, TPS holders, and hardworking immigrant families. The first and only Latina Senator, Cortez Masto has consistently worked to protect DACA recipients, pushing back strongly against Trump administration efforts to terminate the program. She has long advocated for passage of legislation to put Dreamers on a path to full citizenship. She has led legislation to allow DACA recipients to work as Congressional staff and to obtain government-backed mortgages.