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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Representative Hanabusa's Statement Regarding President Trump's Decision to End the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

September 5, 2017
Press Release

Honolulu, HI -- In response to the Trump administration's decision to end the DACA program, Representative Hanabusa offers the following comments:

"President Trump's heartless and unnecessary decision to end the DACA program, while giving Congress an opportunity to act, belies the history behind DACA.  Speaker Ryan can express sympathy for "those who have done nothing wrong," but the reality is Speaker Ryan and 197 other House Republicans voted against the 2010 DREAM Act.

"If House Republicans want to solve this injustice, they should bring the DREAM Act to the House floor immediately and end the uncertainty caused by President Trump's ill-advised DACA decision.

"DREAMers are young men and women with real lives, jobs, businesses, families and hopes for their future.  Many DREAMers have spent more time in the United States than in their home countries. For President Trump to threaten to turn these DREAMers out is unconscionable, but par for the course for a President who has done more to divide this country than unite it.

"I stand with DREAMers and encourage my Republican colleagues to bring the DREAM Act to the floor now."