Pelosi Statement on Fifth Anniversary of DACA

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, established by President Obama on June 15, 2012:

“Our nation’s DREAMers want nothing more than to earn degrees, join the workforce and openly contribute their talents to make our country a stronger and better place.  Five years ago, President Obama made that dream possible with the DACA initiative, which sent a strong message to the world that, by bringing their hopes, courage and determination to succeed to our shores, immigrants make America more American.

“Yet, for years, House Republicans have tried to dismantle DACA, while at the same time refusing to work toward responsible reform of our broken immigration system.  Now, the Trump Administration, with its harmful anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric, has joined their efforts.  DREAMERs – neighbors, friends, students and family members – are being targeted, rounded up and, in many cases, arbitrarily deported.  Families in immigrant communities are forced to live in fear and, too often, heartbreak.

“DACA honors our founding creed – ‘E Pluribus Unum’ – and our fundamental belief that America is a land of opportunity for those who work hard, abide by our laws and dare to dream.  House Democrats will never forget that in diversity lies strength, and we will never stop fighting to protect our nation’s children from the Trump Administration’s mass deportation agenda.”