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*US Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas District 28 issued the following statement Monday, July 19, in response to a Texas court ruling on the 2012 US immigration policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which grants immigrant status on a renewable two-year cycle to some individuals who were brought to the country as infants or children, defers their deportation and allows them to apply for a work permit, provided they have no criminal record. The policy does not give them a path to citizenship. A US District Court judge has ruled to invalidate and halt the approval of new applications.
“This weekend’s ruling is against the law.
In my home state of Texas, over 120,640 young people, who have known no other country, have benefited from the DACA program. Of those, over 104,959 are working and contributing over $6 billion to the annual GDP.
Ending this program, as the judge ruled, is not only a failure on humanitarian grounds, but also economic grounds.
We need a bipartisan comprehensive immigration approach to solve the challenges at our border and ensure that DREAMers have a place in the nation that they love.
The House has passed the Dream and Promise Act, legislation that I cosponsored, twice. I now call on my colleagues in the Senate to secure a permanent pathway to citizenship for all DREAMers – to end the constant state of uncertainty that these vital members of our society live in every day.”