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June 16, 2017

Thompson Statement on Administration Plans for DAPA, DACA

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news from the Administration that it has rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and plans to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"The Administration rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program is not only mean-spirited, but will force immigrants and their loved ones to live in more fear than they already face on a daily basis. This is yet another promise broken by President Trump. Rather than targeting contributing, law-abiding members of society, he should be prioritizing getting dangerous criminals off our streets.”

“Similarly, having already added too much chaos to our nation’s broken immigration system, I am cautiously optimistic that the Trump Administration has finally possibly realized the benevolence of the DACA program. These young people are lawful, contributing members of our society and deserve to be able to stay here, their home.”

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