Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE CALLS FOR EMERGENCY PROTECTION PROVISION IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO PROTECT DACA STATUS INDIVIDUALS

Sep 5, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       Contact: Rucks Russell 

September 5, 2017                                                                                              202-225-3816

 

 

Press Statement

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Calls For Emergency Protection Provision In The Continuing Resolution To Protect DACA Status Individuals

 

 

Jackson Lee: “I have heard firsthand of the enormous fear from DACA status individuals, the institutions they work for and their schools.   Dreamers have had their American dreams yanked out from under them by this President, marking a sad and shameful point in our nation’s history.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations issued the following statement condemning the President’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and calling on Congress to enact an emergency protection provision for DACA status individuals:

 

“President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program is yet another cruel and heartless act by an Administration that has openly declared war on immigrants.  As a result, more than 800 thousand of our nation’s dreamers hang in limbo, unable to realize the American dream of a safer home and a more prosperous future.

 

“With this announcement, it now falls upon Congress to take swift and immediate corrective action to protect these young men and women who are openly contributing to the fabric of this great nation.  Dreamers need to know they are safe, and I call on Congress to enact an emergency DACA protection provision in the continuing resolution.

 

“To date, DACA has not been ruled unconstitutional and Trump’s order has not been judged by the courts.  During this deliberative period, Dreamers should not be subjected to ICE raids and confrontations and the President should make it clear that the current DACA policy remains in effect.

 

“Mr. Trump’s decision cruel, mean-spirited and heartless.  We are just beginning to recover from Hurricane Harvey and people who are suffering cannot take this added stress.  I have heard firsthand of the enormous fear from DACA status individuals, the institutions they work for and their schools.   Dreamers have had their American dreams yanked out from under them by this President, marking a sad and shameful point in our nation’s history.”

 

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.