Rep. Schweyer calls President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program cruel and irresponsible.

September 13, 2017 –

DACA was authorized in 2012 by then President Obama as a compromise between his administration and Congress after the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed. DACA provides temporary deportation deferral to individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” who pass vetting so they may live, study and work legally in the only country they know as home.

“My neighbors of all diverse backgrounds and nationalities contribute to the fabric of Allentown, Pennsylvania and America. When we go to each other’s barbecues on our block, I don’t ask them their status. Why? Because we’re one community. We should be embracing our diversity. It’s high time for the federal government to take a stand on behalf of basic human decency,” said Schweyer.

800,000 Dreamers, 6,000 in Pennsylvania, currently benefit from DACA and will be severely affected by the Trump Administration’s decision to end the program by March 2018. With this announcement, the Administration requested Congress to pass immigration reform legislation before DACA ends. While having a devastating effect on the Dreamers and their families, the broader United States economy could potentially be affected with lost revenue and labor. Because of the far-reaching implications, DACA should not be ended or used by the President to force Congress to pass immigration reform legislation.

Schweyer is a cosponsor of HR 491 that condemns the Trump Administration’s decision, and urges Congress to pass the Dream Act.