Menendez Celebrates DACA Program’s Success on Third Anniversary

Menendez Celebrates DACA Program’s Success on Third Anniversary

“We need to build upon smart programs like DACA – not turn our backs on extending fair opportunities to those who are willing to work hard for them.”


WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today issued the following statement on the third anniversary of the announcement by President Obama to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – a program that has successfully offered temporary deportation relief and work authorization to nearly 700,000 young immigrants, over 25,000 in New Jersey alone, who came to our country as children.

“Today, three years later and with an immigration system as flawed as ours, DACA represents a beacon of hope for America. It embodies a bold first step towards a fairer and just reality for immigrants in our great country,” said Sen. Menendez. “As an exemplary program for the integration of New Americans, DACA is a model of success shaped by the courageous individuals who fought for this program and have been able to come out of the shadows, register with the government, pass a background check, work hard, and take full advantage of all the opportunities it provides.

“We need to build upon smart programs like DACA – not turn our backs on extending fair opportunities to those who are willing to work hard for them. DACA is living proof that America benefits when an undocumented individual is allowed to fully contribute to the economy through their ingenuity, skills, and hard work. It is time for Republicans to drop their obstructionism and embrace this and all programs offering temporary relief to our nation’s undocumented as we continue clearing the path towards comprehensive immigration reform.”

As a champion for immigration reform and a leading voice of the coalition that pushed for executive action, Sen. Menendez will speak on the Senate floor commemorating the historic announcement of the DACA program, celebrating its success, and pushing for comprehensive and permanent fixes to our nation’s broken immigration system.

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