It's Critical That Congress Make DACA Permanent

I am profoundly disappointed and distressed by the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was authorized by President Obama in 2012.

The decision is misguided and unnecessarily punishes hundreds of thousands of bright, young law-abiding youths who were brought to this country as children and are contributing members of our nation.

This is indeed a sad day for our nation. Rescinding DACA is a heartless and senseless decision that will cause widespread and devastating impact on young people, their families, communities and our society. Terminating DACA goes against American core values of human decency, equity and diversity. Those who have benefited from this program now live in fear that they will lose jobs and educational opportunities, and will see their families torn apart.

Playing politics and passing the buck to Congress with nearly 1 million people is particularly cynical and demonstrates a lack of moral leadership. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that there is a time to do what is politic and there's a time to do what is right.

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