Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Rep. Ellison Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Abandon More Than 800,000 Dreamers

Sep 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“President Trump abandoned the Dreamers today, but Congress must not. I urge Congress to immediately support a long-term solution for participants of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I also call on the Trump administration to forego all enforcement action against Dreamers.

“President Trump’s decision to terminate the DACA program is a devastating betrayal of the hundreds of thousands of youth who placed their trust in our government. For the past five years, DACA has provided a pathway to hope and prosperity for nearly 800,000 young people across our nation, including almost 6,300 youth in Minnesota. DACA recipients make up the very fabric of our communities – as parents, students, veterans, law clerks, teachers, and more – and have lived almost their entire lives as Americans. The President’s decision will damage their futures and tear families apart. It is cruel and un-American. 

“Nearly 80% of the general public supports permanent legal status for Dreamers. Despite overwhelming bipartisan support for DACA youth, the President is catering to people who are extremist and prejudiced. President Trump cannot separate his decision to coddle the neo-Nazis and the KKK in Charlottesville from his cruel decision to slam the door in the face of Dreamers. It’s what he means when he says “Make America Great Again.” Taken as a whole, his presidency represents a step backwards to the bad old days before “liberty and justice for all” was a commonly accepted idea.

“To our neighbors who are part of DACA: no matter what extremists say, you’re a part of our American family. If you’re here, you deserve to live your life without fear and prejudice. Every American has a moral imperative to fight back against extremism, xenophobia, and racism. We must stand strong with all immigrant families, through DACA and beyond, and keep fighting for an immigration system that is fair and inclusive to all.”