Conflict worries 22,000 DACA beneficiaries in New Jersey

Congressman Leonard Lance said he agrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which covers 22,000 DACA beneficiaries in New Jersey.

“Like many of my colleagues I agree that President Obama exceeded his Constitutional authority and disregarded existing law to implement his plan for undocumented immigrants,” Lance said. “Today President Trump has called on Congress to act and rightfully so.”

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. joined a group of local leaders, immigration advocates, Rutgers administrators & students yesterday at Rutgers University to call on Trump to preserve the DACA program.

The Trump administration announced that it will end the DACA program after a six month delay, which would put nearly 800,000 DREAMers throughout the nation at risk for deportation.

“By ending DACA over a six month period, President Trump is also trying to please his base, with the intent on blaming Congress if it does not act. It is the responsibility of Congress to now rise above this political gamesmanship, save DACA and protect DREAMers from this cruel decision,” said Pallone. “

“President Trump has made it a priority to target immigrants and falsely use them as scapegoats for our nation’s challenges,” said Pallone. “He has now chosen to focus his hateful policies on those who entered our country as minors and have only known America as their home. Ending DACA is a cruel action that will result in young people being ripped away from their lives and families. Without DACA, they will simply have no home to return to. I know that together we will do everything within our power to fight the Trump administration’s decision.”

“Attorney General Sessions gave a shameful presentation that stroked a false narrative of DACA recipients and President Trump showed cowardice for not announcing his decision himself,” said Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. “Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative is a deliberate and unjust act of cruelty. By placing nearly 800,000 young immigrant workers lives in limbo, this decision will tear families apart, do nothing to improve our broken immigration system, and wipe out one and a half billion dollars in New Jersey’s economy alone.”

The government was spurred to action when ten state attorneys general sent a June 29 letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions giving the administration until today phase out the program or face expansion of ongoing litigation in Texas v. United States to include DACA in hopes that a federal court would strike it down.

The manufactured deadline threatened to turn voters who comprise Trump’s shrinking political base against the president.

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