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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Rep. Brenda Lawrence Statement on Trump’s Decision to End the DACA Program

September 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), released the following statement on President Trump’s plan to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protected immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from deportation:

“I am deeply concerned with the Trump Administration’s decision to move forward with their misguided plans to end the DACA program. I stand with those who arrived to the United States as children and have gone on to become educators, business owners, and those who serve in our U.S. military.

“Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, our economy would stand to lose $460 billion from the national GDP. In Michigan, DACA has allowed more than 6,400 young people to come forward, pass background checks, and live and work legally in the country. Ending DACA in Michigan would cost Michigan more than 418 million in annual GDP losses.

“Immigration has always been fundamental to our U.S. story. I stand behind our young DREAMers, and we will continue to fight for the comprehensive immigration reform our nation so urgently needs.”