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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Congressman Lloyd Doggett issues the following on DACA, 9-5

Today, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), who represents a number of “Dreamers” in San Antonio, Austin, and San Marcos, issued the following response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s announcement ending the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program in six months, jeopardizing the legal status of approximately 800,000 Dreamers in the United States. the Congressman Doggett said:

“President Trump lacked the courage to face the cameras and personally answer questions about his... latest flip flop on the fate of 800,000 young people. He dispatched his Administration’s leading anti-immigrant advocate, Jeff Sessions in an attempt to shift responsibility to a Congress that has long failed to address this matter. 

Many of these Dreamers are children brought here as infants and now Republicans want them to be deported to a country many have never known.

Today’s tactic represents little more than yielding to those who did not think Trump was already sufficiently anti-immigrant. This is an attempt to make Dreamers bargaining chips to achieve other Trump anti-immigrant objectives. Protecting Dreamers must be nonnegotiable.

We cannot break our commitment to these Dreamers, who have been vetted, paid fees, undergone criminal background checks, and are either in school or are already graduates, contributing to our economy. I stand with our Dreamers who are helping make America great.

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