U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement on Monday, the deadline President Trump declared as the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Dreamers and their loved ones woke up this morning with pits in their stomachs, and there’s no one to blame but President Trump. He created this crisis by arbitrarily declaring today as the end of DACA. Despite some reprieve from the courts, more and more Dreamers are losing status each day,” said Murphy. “I’ve met so many incredible Dreamers in Connecticut and all they want is a chance to work hard and make a future in the only country they’ve ever called home. It’s time for President Trump and Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics with their lives.”
The Trump administration’s decision has already caused more than 21,000 Dreamers to lose their status. DACA recipients will continue to fall out of status each day, and the rate will now increase to more than 1,200 individuals per day. Due to court rulings, the Trump administration can accept DACA renewal applications, but no new ones. Renewals take months to process, and many individuals who applied in January have yet to receive a renewal.