WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to eliminate the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.
“In February of this year, President Donald Trump said he was going to ‘show great heart’ in dealing with the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Program. He lied. Trump’s move to purposefully hurt these young people, who contribute to our economy and our communities, shows anything but the ‘great heart’ he promised. What’s more, today the President was unwilling to stand up and admit that he lied to the American people.
“In California alone, the loss of DREAMers will cost our economy $11 billion in one year. Across the country, we will lose over $460 billion from the national GDP over the next decade. That’s the loss of millions of American jobs.
“Trump has claimed time and again that he will be the best economic president in history. He’s said, ‘I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.’ He lied. He’s doing everything he can to hurt the American economy and American workers.
“Moving forward, I will continue to work with my Democrat and Republican colleagues to pass comprehensive immigration reform once and for all. It’s past time to get down to work to supercharge our economy and do the right thing for American families and the American economy.”