Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments over whether the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was legal:
“President Trump’s decision to abruptly end the DACA program put the fate of hundreds of thousands of young people and families in Colorado and across the country on the line. Since the first day of this administration, our nation’s Dreamers, and all immigrant communities, have been under assault from President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. The president’s actions have undermined our nation’s values and forced millions of families to live in fear and uncertainty. The Supreme Court must uphold the rulings of lower courts across the country that found the president violated U.S. law when he ended DACA. And, Congress must work together to find a legislative solution to protect Dreamers.”
Bennet joined 172 current and former members of Congress in filing a bipartisan amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the DACA program.In June, the House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would establish a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), whose protections President Trump has also ended. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused to allow a debate or vote on the bill in the Senate. Since the start of his administration, President Trump has rejected multiple bipartisan proposals to solve the DACA crisis that he created.