Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Slams President Trump’s Decision to End DACA

Sep 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Serrano today released the following statement in strong opposition of President Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in six month. Currently, 800,000 law abiding children and young adults benefit from the Executive Order:

Today, hundreds of thousands of young people who know of no other place as ‘home’ woke up to a cruel and heartless decision by President Trump.  They now face severe uncertainty and the reality that in only 6 months they may lose their capacity to earn a living, be separated from their families and face deportation to a place where they have barely lived. Many of these children and their families live in my district and I know firsthand how much they are suffering under this administration.  For DREAMers, the DACA program was the only option many young people have to solve their complex immigration status. The President’s actions undermines their potential, their hopes, and their dreams. I also know how much they contribute to our economy and the prosperity of our communities. Hundreds of our nation’s most important companies agree-- including Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and General Motors – which is why they sent a letter to President Trump yesterday on how important DACA recipients are to the US economy.  

“This was a cruel choice by the President.  He now says that Congress must act, but only after deciding to end the program.  The DACA program was legally put in place under existing laws, and he could have chosen to maintain it.  The President also clearly knows that members of his own party have blocked any immigration reform measures from reaching the floor for a vote, including previous efforts to help DREAMers. Now unless Congressional Republicans allow us to take action to pass legislation making up for President Trump’s cruel decision, these children will be subject to deportation to a place they barely know.  It is time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to make this issue a priority and do the right thing by passing legislation immediately, before DREAMers end up being uprooted from their lives after facing deportation.  As a member of Congress, I will be fighting every step of the way to help DREAMers, and restore some sanity to our immigration system.”

DACA recipients should know that:

1) DACA is valid until its expiration date.
2) No new DACA applications will be accepted or processed. 
3) If their DACA expires between now and March 4, 2018, individuals MUST submit their renewal application by October 5th. 
4) Advance parole to travel across seas is no longer available.