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Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly wind down of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
“This Administration’s decision to terminate DACA was not taken lightly. The Department of Justice has carefully evaluated the program’s Constitutionality and determined it conflicts with our existing immigration laws,” said Acting Secretary Elaine Duke. “As a result of recent litigation, we were faced with two options: wind the program down in an orderly fashion that protects beneficiaries in the near-term while working with Congress to pass legislation; or allow the judiciary to potentially shut the program down completely and immediately. We chose the least disruptive option.”
On June 29, the attorneys general of Texas and several other states sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asserting that the DACA program is unlawful for the same reasons stated in the Fifth Circuit and district court opinions regarding an expansion of the DACA program and the now-rescinded program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The letter noted that if DHS did not rescind the June 2012 DACA memo by September 5, 2017, the states would seek to amend the DAPA lawsuit to include a challenge to DACA.
Earlier Tuesday at an event at Riverbank State Park, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA.
“We have a federal government that is antithetical to everything we believe as New Yorkers. They have declared war on immigrants. By the way, their war on immigrants isn’t against all immigrants. It’s not against the white immigrants; it’s against the black and the brown immigrants. Their toleration of the ignorance of the Ku Klux Klan, believe it or not, the KKK, talking about real Americans, “we’re the real Americans.” You’re the real Americans? Unless you’re a Navajo or a Sioux or an Apache, you’re not a real American,” said Cuomo.
“President Trump is talking about DACA and rescinding DACA, which is just feeding the beast of bigotry red meat. That’s all this is about. And Denny’s example and my father’s example says you stand up and you fight this fight not because it’s easy, but because it’s tough. You want to talk about North Korea as a threat? And it is. I’ll tell you another threat: it’s racism. Because racism is a cancer in the body politic. It turns one cell against the other, and it starts the battle from within. And only Americans can defeat America. And these lines and these divisions and this racism and this bigotry is the greatest threat this country faces. And New York’s example is the exact opposite. We believe in diversity. We believe in welcoming people from all over the globe because we’re not one religion, we’re not one race – we’re one idea. If you come here and you work with us, you join the family of New York. E pluribus unum, out of many, one.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement:
“President Trump’s action today is an affront to who we are as Americans. He is needlessly targeting children who know no other country as home than America.
This does not make our communities safer or our economy stronger. In fact, it does just the opposite.
Congress must lead where the President won’t and pass the DREAM Act.
America does not merely tolerate immigration – we thrive on it, and we are better than needlessly targeting hardworking young adults to score crass partisan points.”
Rep. Claudia Tenney (22nd District) released the following statement on her Facebook page:
“As well intentioned as DACA may be, the policy has encouraged an influx of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant minors who have illegally crossed our border in hopes of benefiting from the program. Attracting children here without their parents is neither compassionate nor humane.
We want to welcome people to our country but ensure that when we do, we do so safely and legally. This country remains open to those looking to build a better life in pursuit of the American dream and I am honored to have spent my life in a community that has welcomed immigrants and refugees from around the world.
At the same time, the safety of our citizens depends on strong border control and enforcement of our immigration laws.
As the legislative body, it is important that Congress address this policy.
Executive Action is not the solution—it circumvents the separation of powers, bypasses the legislative process and undermines the rule of law.
Going forward, Congress must reform immigration policy and get it right, and the best way to do that is to start at the source of the problem.
We must secure the border, ensure internal enforcement works, deport dangerous criminal illegal immigrants and remove the incentives for people to come to America illegally.”