Pelosi Statement on Fourth Anniversary of DACA

Washington, D.C. — Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the fourth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration initiative, which was announced by President Obama on June 15, 2012:

“Four years ago today, while Republicans’ obstruction perpetuated a cruel and broken immigration system, President Obama used the authority conferred to him by Congress to take action. With DACA, we honored our values as a nation and stopped deporting the bright young DREAMers who embody the best of America.

“Sadly, in vote after vote, House Republicans have tried to end DACA and deport the DREAMers. They have embraced Donald Trump’s hateful agenda of discrimination that calls for building walls and tearing apart families. This very week, Republicans are pushing an amendment that would ban these patriotic young immigrants from serving in our armed forces — young men and women who are willing to give their lives in the name of defending our country.

“Immigration has always been the reinvigoration of America, and the courage and determination of DREAMers and their families makes America more American. Democrats will continue to stand behind our young DREAMers, and we will continue to fight for the comprehensive immigration reform our nation so urgently needs.”

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