I stand in strong opposition to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). This decision flies in the face of American values of liberty, equality, and acceptance. As a result, 800,000 of our best and brightest young adults, almost all of whom are working and paying taxes to power our economy, will be sent to countries they never knew. These immigrants came here as children, and will be punished simply because their parents did not immigrate legally decades ago. It’s punitive, it’s destructive, and it’s unacceptable. We must continue to pressure Trump to reinstate this program, and pass the Durbin-Graham version of the DREAM Act to provide a path to citizenship for those affected by the termination of the DACA program.
But this administration’s excessive crackdown on immigration extends beyond the decision on DACA. Trump's recent assertion that only those who speak English and are capable of performing high-skill jobs should be permitted to immigrate to the U.S. is also deeply disturbing. That is not who we are as a country. We should welcome all who come, not just the “best and brightest.” Studies have shown time and again that the vast majority of immigrants become productive members of society within ten years. A steady flow of immigrants will be critical to our nation’s continued economic growth, especially now that our birth rate has begun to decline.
I also strongly oppose President Trump’s repeated attempts to ban Muslims from entering this country, which is one of the ugliest things I’ve seen in American politics. We are country built by immigrants, and to turn our back on that history now in such a discriminatory way is almost unconscionable. Make no mistake - we live in a dangerous world, and there are many who would love nothing more than to sneak into our country and attack us. But we already have very strict vetting practices in place, and discriminating against an entire religion only fuels the transformation of those with anti-American sentiment into radicalized terrorists.
Paid for and Authorized by Ryan Huffman for Congress