Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement regarding the March 5 deadline set by President Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
"Since President Trump announced his decision to end the DACA program last September, more than 21,000 Dreamers have lost their status. Beginning today, that number will rise at a dramatic rate, putting thousands more DACA recipients at risk. For months, I worked with a bipartisan group of senators to find a solution that protects Dreamers and keeps families together. We'll continue fighting in Congress for a legislative fix, but let's be clear: the onus falls on President Trump to fix the crisis he created."
Bennet has stated that federal court injunctions on the termination of the DACA program and last week's Supreme Court decision to not intervene in those cases are "not enough," and he continues to work in Congress to protect Dreamers. Last month, Bennet introduced a bipartisan amendment with Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner that addressed protection for Dreamers and border security. For several months, Bennet also worked as part of a bipartisan group of six senators on an immigration agreement in response to President Trump's call for legislation.