Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District marked the anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was created three years ago last week and protects DREAMers from deportation.
“Across New Mexico and across America, DREAMers – young people who were brought to our country as children – have contributed to the fabric of our great nation. From going to school to serving in the military, they have sought to build a better life for themselves, their families, and our communities. In New Mexico, more than 7,000 DREAMers have not had to live in fear of deportation thanks to the DACA program President Obama announced three years ago.
“Sadly efforts to expand DACA to include the parents of DREAMers have been delayed by partisan lawsuits, while Republicans in the House have sought to undermine efforts to keep families from being torn apart.
“DACA has successfully helped so many DREAMers in New Mexico, as well as the communities these determined young people call home. But it is a temporary step forward, and one that must be made permanent through comprehensive immigration reform. Our country needs reform that reflects the contributions DREAMers and immigrants make to our nation every day and that strengthens our economic and national security. It’s time for House Republicans to let the House debate this critical legislation that will fix our broken immigration system.”