Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on the fourth anniversary of the implementation of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“I will never forget the day, four years ago, when President Obama announced his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to provide temporary relief from deportation to young people who were brought to this country as children. The lives of more than 730,000 young men and women across the country and over 12,000 Nevadans changed overnight. Thanks to the president’s courageous actions, thousands of young people, like my friend Astrid Silva, have been able to contribute fully to the United States without living in constant fear of being separated from their families. They have work permits and are eligible for a driver’s license, and their expanded economic opportunities are a boost to our economy. They are our newest college graduates, teachers, engineers, athletes and small business owners. Our country is stronger today because of their countless contributions.
“Unfortunately, Republicans insist on supporting anti-immigrant measures aimed at separating hardworking families, eliminating the Constitution’s guarantee of birthright citizenship, targeting “sanctuary cities,” and not allowing these young men and women to serve in our military. They have also wasted time and taxpayer money on a politically motivated lawsuit to prevent five million parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents from benefiting from the expansion of the president’s deferred action programs. We shouldn’t be surprised. These are the same Republicans who have endorsed the disgusting and outrageous language championed by Donald Trump, demonizing immigrants and portraying them as “criminals and rapists.” Trump’s Republican Party platform on immigration promotes discrimination and bias, xenophobia, nativism and division.
“I will continue to defend Latinos and all immigrant families from Republican attacks, and I look forward to the day when programs like DACA are replaced with permanent comprehensive immigration reforms that unite families, strengthen communities and further boost our economy.”