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Pallone, Immigration Advocates, Local Leaders, and Students Stand Against President Trump Decision to End DACA Program

September 5, 2017
Press Release

New Brunswick, NJ- Today at Rutgers University Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), local leaders, immigration advocates, Rutgers administrators & students called on President Trump to preserve the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. The Trump administration announced that it will end the DACA program over a six month timeframe. An end to DACA would put nearly 800,000 DREAMers throughout the U.S. and approximately 22,000 DACA recipients in New Jersey at risk for deportation.

“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.”

“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.”

Attendees at the event included Rutgers University President Robert Barchi; Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz; Jay Rehman, CAIR-NJ; Donna Chiera, AFTNJ; Rabbi Marsha Kleinman and Carol Cohen, Reform Jewish Voice NJ; Yvonne Lopez, PRAHD; Lou Kimmel, Reynalda Cruz and Jessica Hudson, New Labor; Frank Freyre, Latino Coalition of NJ; Pat Brannigan and James King, NJ Catholic Conference; Jason Rowe, Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen; Erika Nava, NJPP; Analilia Mejia, Working Families; Chia-Chia Wang, American Friends Service Committee; Beverly Brown Ruggia NJ Citizen Action Network; Farrin Anello, Dianna Houenou and Keerthi Potluri with ACLU-NJ; Brian Lozano, Wind of the Spirit. DREAMers were also present and spoke about their experiences and the tragic consequences of ending DACA.

On June 29th, ten state attorneys general sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The letter gives the administration until today to rescind the program or else the attorneys general would expand ongoing litigation (Texas v. United States) to include DACA in hopes that a federal court would strike it down.