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Freshman Leadership Representatives Escobar and Neguse Call for Swift Consideration of H.R. 6 in Light of SCOTUS Decision

El Paso, Texas, June 22, 2020

In response to the Supreme Court decision last week to overturn the Trump Administration’s attempt to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and Congressman Joe Neguse, co-representatives for the freshman class on the Democratic Leadership team, called for swift Senate passage of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act: 

“While the Supreme Court decision last week is a welcomed sign and provides a temporary halt on the Trump Administration’s efforts to tear down the DACA program, it is also a reminder of just how vulnerable our Dreamers are at the hands of this Administration’s dangerous and cruel immigration policies.

“Nearly 700,000 DACA recipients know no other home but here. Over 27,000 are working in the healthcare industry on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands more are working in grocery services, child care and other essential fields to serve our communities amidst this public health crisis. The DACA program has provided them critical relief from deportation and opportunities to work, earn an education and contribute to our nation. The consequences for ending DACA remain demonstrably high and under threat every day due to the reckless nature of this President’s immigration policies.

“This decision is a temporary reprieve and affirms that President Trump’s hateful attempt to end DACA was arbitrary and capricious. The Trump Administration has made it clear they have every intention to eliminate DACA and will try to undermine the Supreme Court’s decision. The Senate must take up the American Dream and Promise Act, which the House passed over a year ago, to provide a permanent solution for our young Dreamers, to ensure our DACA recipients, TPS holders and DED beneficiaries are safe from deportation and do not have to live in fear of the next heartless action from this Administration. We must act to provide permanent protections and assure all young immigrants that their home is here.”

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