Council News

Posted on: September 7, 2017

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIR DAVIS RESPONDS TO DACA DECISION

The entire Prince George’s County Council and the residents we serve fully embrace the strength of our County’s diversity. Immigrants, an integral part of the vibrant fabric of America and in Prince George’s County, greatly contribute to our collective community story of persistence, perseverance and faith.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program, protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation. DACA recipients, more commonly known as “Dreamers,” have been able to obtain valid driver's licenses, enroll in college and legally secure jobs.

The Trump Administration has rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an action expected to impact nearly three quarters of a million people currently residing in the United States. ‘Dreamers’ are young people who did not come here on their own. Holding them accountable for actions over which they had no control, is a burden no one should be forced to bear.

Dreamers throughout our nation and the thousands residing here in Prince George’s County are our neighbors and friends - hard-working students, business owners and taxpayers. We owe them better than the promise of deportation. We owe them the American Dream.

The Prince George’s County Council stands in solidarity with those who view the decision to end DACA as cruel and contrary to everything we represent, both as a County and a nation.

We urge Members of Congress to act swiftly to provide DACA recipients with a viable path to citizenship or legal permanent residency.

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