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Foster Statement on the Decision to End DACA

Sep 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

“I strongly condemn any attempt to end this program and make DREAMers feel unsafe. The United States is the only home many of these young people have ever known and their presence has made our country stronger,” Foster said. “DREAMers have also had a positive economic impact in the United States. Reports suggest that they add $460 billion to our national GDP. It’s clear that the President fails to appreciate the important contributions these Americans make to our country’s rich diversity and economic prosperity.”

In 2012, the Obama administration established the DACA program to allow individuals who came to the United States as undocumented minors remain in the United States. Since the program launched, an estimated 788,000 received work permits. An estimated 1.7 million people are eligible to benefit from this program.