“Doing away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is another step in the wrong direction by the Trump Administration and represents a wrong-headed turn in immigration policy. It is no secret that President Trump came right out of the gates with hateful invective, launching his presidential campaign with xenophobic rhetoric labeling hardworking immigrants as ‘criminals’ and ‘rapists.’ His intentions were clear from Day 1 of his campaign, and since becoming president, he has done nothing but find ways to divide this country, building walls between the realities of the contributions that immigrants have made to our country while also spreading lies that cater to his alt-right base.
“DACA should not be weaponized as a list to deport and divide families. DACA should not be used to deprive students of educational opportunities that benefit us all, as a community, down the road when they make great contributions to our nation, using the tools they learned here, in our great country. I’m calling upon Congress to stop the madness and create a pathway welcoming DREAMers to become an integral part of our society,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.