Rep. O’Halleran Denounces End of DACA Program
SEDONA – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released a statement following an announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that President Donald Trump is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Over the past eight months, I have had the chance to meet with many young Arizona DREAMers who have been given the chance to pursue the American Dream due, in part, to the DACA program. These hardworking men and women have had the opportunity to receive a college education, find meaningful jobs, and most importantly, give back to the country they call home,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “President Trump’s decision to end DACA is troubling, and it will do real harm to countless families who will be torn apart. It is callous and detrimental to America’s future.”
Implemented in 2012, DACA has allowed young, undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive renewable work permits and a deferment from deportation for two years. In Arizona, an end to the DACA program would force thousands of young workers out of their jobs and cost the state more than $1.3 billion.
“I am disappointed that the President is unable to see the good that this program has done for the lives of these young people and our economy,” continued O’Halleran. “Now more than ever, Congress must act. I am ready to work alongside my Republican and Democratic colleagues to protect DREAMers and pass bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform.”