Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: DACA’s Promise is Far from Done; Congress Needs to Act Now

Sep 5, 2017
Press Release

Denver – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, said President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should not spell the end of DACA protections, especially if Congress gets immediately to work on legislation that would offer a possible path to citizenship for the people affected.

“The announcement that President Trump is ending DACA is a crushing blow to the 800,000 DREAMers nationwide, including more than 17,000 in Colorado,” DeGette said. “When President Obama established the program in 2012, he made a promise to DREAMers that America would help provide a pathway to citizenship that allows them to remain vital members of our communities. Although DACA may not be the means used to achieve this objective, its spirit remains stronger than ever.

“I am urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to put legislation on the House floor that gives these young men and women the chance to achieve their American dream, such as the bipartisan Dream Act. Let’s work together to do the right thing and keep our promise. DACA is far from done.”