Sen. Tom Carper released a statement Sept. 5 in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“In big cities and small towns across the United States, on college campuses or somewhere down Main Street, you’ll find nearly one million young men and women studying, working or serving in our armed forces as dreamers,” Carper said. “These young men and women were brought to the U.S. as children by their parents, and they know no other home than the United States. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recognized the value of these upstanding immigrants, allowing them to come out of the shadows and fully contribute to their communities and our economy. They were able to do so without fear of deportation or detention, as long as they followed the rules. I’ve spoken with many of Delaware’s dreamers, and I can say with confidence that they are some of the most impressive young people I’ve ever met.
“President Trump’s decision to turn his back on dreamers is a short-sighted, self-inflicted wound on our communities and our economy,” Carper said. “I urge him to reconsider this senseless and downright cruel decision. It’s clear that many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle know that this is the wrong thing to do, and it’s up to us in Congress to do right by these young people.”