HYATTSVILLE, MD – This afternoon, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) hosted a roundtable discussion with Dreamers, young adults in the United States who are living here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as representatives from CASA. In July, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Members of Congress that the Trump Administration may not defend the DACA program in court.
“I appreciated the opportunity to hear from Nathaly and Fatima, two young people in the United States who are living here and contributing to our nation through the DACA program,” said Congressman Hoyer. “These individuals were brought to America through no fault of their own. Nathaly and Fatima, along with thousands of other Dreamers who call Maryland home, contribute greatly to the economy and diversity of our communities. Action by the Trump Administration to end the DACA program would be a humanitarian disaster, and a breach of our nation’s most fundamental values.”
“I join in thanking CASA for the important work they are doing to protect the rights of students like Nathaly and Fatima,” continued Congressman Hoyer. “Democrats will not sit idly by as President Trump pursues a policy of deportation and denigration of immigrants who simply wish to build a better life and escape poverty and violence. In Congress, I will continue to defend the DACA program and urge my colleagues to support a plan for comprehensive immigration reform, so that Dreamers like Nathaly and Fatima have a pathway to legal status in the country they call home.”
On August 15, organizations throughout the country will show their support for Dreamers on a national day of action.