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Yarmuth Statement on President Trump's Decision to End DACA

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) released the statement below following the announcement that President Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.

“President Trump’s decision to terminate the DACA program and upend the lives of more than 800,000 innocent young people—nearly all of whom have never called any country home but the United States of America—is cruel, inhumane, and harmful to us all. These are people who were brought here as children, played by the rules, and earned diplomas. They contribute to their communities and participate in a workforce that wants and needs them. Denying them the opportunity to continue to live the only lives they know and to tear them away from their families simply to placate the savage demands of political extremists is morally bankrupt. These young people did everything asked of them. If we want to be a country that lives by our ideals, that rewards merit and hard work, it is our obligation to reject the president's heartless decision."