President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA and thus remove nearly 800,000 people from our country, including more than 7,000 Pennsylvanians, from the United States was met with swift scorn from Pennsylvania’s Democrats.
Check out the statements:
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania officials react to end of ‘Dreamers’ program
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Scranton Democrat, said that Trump is breaking a promise made by the federal government. He said Congress needs to act to allow the “dreamers” to become permanent citizens.
“President Trump’s action today is an insult to America and our values. It is unjust, immoral and without regard for basic fairness,” Casey said on Twitter.
Casey added, “Tearing apart the lives of these young people will make our nation less safe, and harm our economy.”
Doylestown Intelligencer: Pennsylvania lawmakers call for legislative DACA solution
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale strongly urged Congress to start working on a legislative remedy for the people affected by Trump’s decision. DePasquale said the removal of DACA enrollees from Pennsylvania would negatively impact the state’s economy by as much as $323 million.
“Five years ago, America made a promise to young immigrants who arrived as children and grew up in our communities,” said DePasquale. “We have a moral obligation to uphold that promise, and I urge members of the U.S. Congress to act swiftly to protect hundreds of thousands of families.”
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Shapiro: Trump’s plans to end DACA ‘violate the rule of law’
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Wednesday that President Trump’s plans to “wind down” the immigration program known as DACA “violate the rule of law.”
Saying he felt “forced to act because of a failure of leadership,” Shapiro, a Democrat, joined 14 state attorneys general in suing the Trump administration over its Tuesday announcement that over the next six months the federal government would rescind protections provided by DACA — which benefits more than 790,000 immigrants, including nearly 6,000 people in Pennsylvania.
“Whether or not you agree with the policy or support President Trump isn’t the issue here,” Shapiro said in a statement. “The federal government made a promise, they put a program in place and asked these young people who have grown up as Americans to apply, and the rule of law says we can’t rip that away from them now.”
Congressman Dwight Evans is among those who think DACA was working.
“The president now drops the onus back on us in Congress, we have the right and obligation to fix the problem, he said.
Evans says he also welcomes the chance for a more permanent solution.
“I believe both parties will realize this is a mistake and we, Democrats and Republicans have to come together and fix this problem,” he said.
Congressman Bob Brady has served through several failed attempts to pass the DREAM act, which would provide a path to citizenship, but he hasn’t given up.
“We may not pass the Dream Act the way it’s written, but I’m sure we’ll find some type of solution,” he said.
Allentown Morning Call: Pennsylvania legislators react to President Trump’s move toward ending DACA
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17th District, which includes parts of Northampton County:
“I join Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan in supporting deferred action for childhood arrivals. Eliminating DACA would cost around $450 billion from our national economy over ten years. That means we will lose many thousands of American jobs for our economy. Not the jobs DACA recipients are filling. I’m talking about many thousands of jobs that American citizens are filling now. We will lose those jobs if we lose DACA.”
Pittsburgh City Paper: Where Southwestern Pennsylvania’s U.S. congressmen stand on DACA
When asked about DACA, Doyle sent this statement to CP via email: “I wholeheartedly support DACA, which provides a compassionate, common sense response to the situation of young people who were brought to this country as children,” wrote Doyle. “These young people did nothing wrong, and they’ve become productive members of our society. It’s unfair and cruel to deny them permission to work in the United States and subject them to the prospect of deportation from the only country many of them have ever known.”