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Pallone Statement on Trump Administration Decision on ‘Dreamers’

June 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement, reversing President Trump’s campaign pledge to deport Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as young children and who have been provided protections under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“Last month, I was inspired by the thousands of New Jerseryans who came out to support Carimer Andujar. An outstanding Rutgers student and a Dreamer, Carimer faced possible deportation because of the dramatic and cruel shift in immigration policy by the Trump administration. I am proud that  we can say once again that our voices have been heard, and I am relieved that Dreamers can continue to work and contribute to our society without the looming threat of deportation. This is a great victory for fairness, justice, and for immigrants who were brought here as children.

“However, we know that the President changes his mind frequently, often from tweet to tweet, and we must remain vigilant given his appalling record on immigration.”

Congressman Pallone expressed disappointment that, while maintaining the protections of DACA, the Trump Administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, which was proposed by President Obama and would have extended protections and the ability to work legally to the parents of American citizens and lawful permanent residents.

This Sunday, children from four Indonesian families in my district will celebrate Father’s Day without their fathers due to the rigidity and immorality of President Trump’s policies, and countless Dreamers and other children will continue to live in fear of their parents’ deportation. His administration continues to pursue an extreme and unconstitutional refugee policy in the courts. ICE arrests continue to climb and the President continues to push hard on plans to build a wall that is impractical and will waste taxpayer dollars. These policies are wrong for New Jersey and wrong for America and I will continue to oppose them vigorously.”