Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive temporary relief from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
The program was created after acknowledgment that a majority of those involved had been largely raised in the United States since infancy.
“This decision by President Trump to end legal protection for those that were brought here without documentation when they were children is a cruel and cowardly choice. Ending DACA is not about working to build a stronger economy or country, and is a repudiation of our best American values and ideals. The 800,000 undocumented immigrants caught in this decision know the United States as their home. They go to college here, they work and pay taxes here, they buy homes and support our economy here, including in Pennsylvania.
This president has again chosen a morally repugnant path. The right path would be to support Americans—both those with and without documentation—and our economy by protecting these individuals. To deny that protection is to deny basic decency, and is an act of cowardice that will hurt this country, and will hurt Pennsylvanians.
I urge Congress—including our federal representation from Pennsylvania—to take immediate action to reverse this heartless and wrongheaded action by the president, and to provide permanent legal protection for our friends and neighbors who were brought here as children without documentation.”
Pennsylvania Treasurer, Joe Torsella
A study conducted by the Center for American Progress cited that DACA has had positive economic and educational outcomes for DACA recipients, but also the American economy as recipients make significant contributions by purchasing vehicles and homes.