Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: Trump Decision Not to Implement DAPA Extinguishes Hopes and Will Tear Families Apart

Jun 16, 2017
Press Release

Denver - Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, today expressed dismay at the announcement that President Donald J. Trump has squelched the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative, extinguishing the hopes of people in Colorado and across the country that they might be protected from deportation and instead have a path to citizenship.

“The decision to rescind DAPA means that tens of thousands of Coloradans, thousands of them living in Denver, will continue to face the nightmarish threat of deportation and separation from their kids, irrespective of whether the children are in this country legally. This senseless policy will tear families apart and further isolate valuable members of our community," DeGette said. "Instead of continuing to implement unfair immigration policies that hurt our economy and violate our values, the President should work with Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform to fix our broken immigration system.”

Initiated by the Obama Administration in 2014, DAPA was meant to provide additional time to review the legal appeals of undocumented residents identified for deportation whose children are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. It never took effect due to court challenges, ending in June 2016 with the U.S. Supreme Court, which at the time had eight members and was evenly split on whether to review a lower court's decision on DAPA.

DeGette and other Democratic leaders in Congress filed an amici brief with the high court affirming DAPA’s constitutionality and the potential benefits it could provide to millions of people across the United States. About 22,000 of them live in the metro Denver area.