June 15, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the announcement of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to suspend the deportation of young people who were brought to this country illegally through no fault of their own.
“I congratulate President Obama and Secretary Napolitano for the courageous and thoughtful decision they made one year ago to remove the specter of deportation that hung over the DREAMers. I have been a strong supporter of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since its announcement. These young people were brought here through no fault of their own, and many do not even remember the countries where they were born. When they pledge allegiance, it is to the United States. They belong to this country culturally and linguistically and are American in all but paperwork.
“I am very disappointed that House Republicans recently voted to defund this program just when these young people are finally starting to live normal lives in the country they call home thanks to this important policy. I have seen firsthand how the hardships imposed by our broken immigration system have hurt families in Nevada and across the country. This is a personal issue for me. I will continue to do everything in my power to fix our broken immigration system and give these promising young people a permanent solution. The future of these young people is bright and America needs them.”