Trump Revokes DAPA, Rep. Gutiérrez Reacts
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in reaction to the announcement last night that the Trump Administration was officially revoking the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, a program to grant work permits and protection from deportation to the parents of U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents announced by President Obama in November 2014, which was blocked by Republican lawsuits and never implemented. Rep. Gutiérrez was a driving force behind DAPA and the similar program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), while President Obama was in office (see, for example: http://to.pbs.org/2rz7xws). The Congressman from Illinois participated in two press conferences yesterday marking the DACA program’s fifth “DACA-versary” – the same day the Trump Administration announced they were revoking DAPA (see http://bit.ly/2sHp3hQ or http://bit.ly/2tvBaLx or https://www.facebook.com/RepGutierrez/).
“It is curious that ICE made the announcement about formally killing DAPA on the anniversary of DACA. I think they wanted to flavor the day with a little bitterness and spice it up by reminding immigrants they should live in fear. That is pretty much the way the Department of Homeland Security operates under Trump and his anti-immigration lieutenants.
“Clearly the way forward for the country is to incorporate long-term, law-abiding immigrants with deep roots and families in the U.S. into our communities so that they fully integrate and can live and work with permanent status. That is the best way to protect U.S. families, communities and our economy, but clearly not the direction that Trump and the Republicans are headed.”
Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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