Kuster Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Block Trump’s Efforts to End DACA
Concord, N.H., June 18, 2020
Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block President Trump’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling to block the Trump Administration’s reckless, cruel decision to end the DACA program will bring some certainty to the lives of hundreds of thousands of young Dreamers who were brought to our country as children and only know one nation as home – the United States. These young Americans are making contributions to our nation by serving in our military, working and paying taxes, and getting an education. It’s unconscionable for us to allow our broken immigration system and President Trump’s efforts to politicize this issue to jeopardize the lives and futures of these young Americans. While this decision is a positive development and places our nation on the right side of history, it is long past time that Congress passed comprehensive immigration reform that truly strengthens our security and honors our values as a nation.”
Kuster has long been a vocal proponent of meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform, and strongly opposed President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program in 2017. Last June, Rep. Kuster voted in favor of the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide a path to lawful permanent residence status and eventual citizenship for DACA recipients (Dreamers) who meet specific requirements and for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. This legislation would ensure strong border security, create a pathway to citizenship for young Dreamers brought to the United States as children, and increase the number of immigration judges to address the immigration backlog.