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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence Sends Letter to White House Calling for Clarity on DACA Position

September 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) sent a letter to the White House in response to the conflicting messages on the Administration’s positon and plans for DACA recipients and timeline of rescinding the program:  

“On Wednesday, September 6, the President via Twitter and through Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program would be rescinded within 6 months.  The very next day, President Trump posts a vague tweet declaring that [f]or all those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about-No action!

“DACA recipients have a lot to worry about with this administration’s mixed messages. On Sunday September 10, I hosted a press conference in my district where the stories of hope and fear of our DACA recipients and members of our immigrant community were voiced.  It is cruel to play games with the lives of people who have contributed so much to our communities and our country.  The stress, anxiety and uncertainty caused by the words and actions of Trump’s administration is no less than mental abuse of this immigrant community.  These members of our community deserve better, and we must demand better of our nation’s leaders.

“This is why I have sent a letter to the White House calling for clarification of this Administration’s position and plan of action with DACA and the DREAMers.  If the President directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce the end of DACA and the very next day tweets that these recipients “have nothing to worry about,” then these recipients and America need a clear official statement.  Tweets are an insufficient response to an issue that could affect over 800,000 people in America.  The President’s tweet does not simply “speak for itself”—the President needs to speak for himself and that’s why I call on this administration to make their position and plan on DACA crystal clear.”