Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement regarding President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
"Today's announcement is a devastating betrayal for the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have used the security of DACA status to receive an education, pursue careers, and safely put down roots in their communities," Bennet said. "This decision is the height of cruelty: It's an attempt to score political points by separating families and disrupting schools and workplaces. The President has revealed his priorities and values; in response, bipartisan leaders in business, education, and local government around the country have spoken up in defense of DACA. Congress must work together to find a legislative solution to protect DREAMers."
On July 27, Bennet and his Democratic colleagues sent a letter to President Trump urging him to use his executive authority to protect DACA. In 2016, Bennet filed a Congressional amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of DAPA and DACA+. Bennet also was a member of the Gang of Eight, a group of bipartisan senators that drafted and secured passage of comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Senate in 2013.