WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez celebrates DACA’s half a decade of the commitment to improving immigrant children’s lives.

“Since it was implemented five years ago, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program has been an incontestable success for our nation,” Sen. Menendez said. Having grown up pledging allegiance to the United States flag, approximately 780,000 thousand young people have been able to come out of the shadows, register with the government, work, pay taxes, and study without fear of deportation. DACA allows outstanding youth to obtain jobs, enroll in school and contribute even more significantly to our economy. In fact, it is estimated that ending DACA would cost the U.S. $433.4 billion in GDP over the next decade.”

“Five years after hundreds of thousands of DREAMers were finally given an opportunity to live without fear of deportation from our archaic, broken immigration system; the future for DACA recipients is confusing and uncertain. Sometimes, the administration signals support of DREAMers, then ICE arrests a DACA recipient. The President claims he “loves these kids.” Then his administration deports their parents.”

“DACA’s success should be a model for how to build a compassionate and workable temporary solution in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. The administration’s current flawed system, which prioritizes every undocumented immigrant for deportation, no matter their background, is sending communities back into the shadows. It is ineffective and frankly violates everything that makes this nation great. Today, as we mark this important triumph in our fight to implement a humane and workable immigration system, I recommit to using the strength of my voice and the power of my office to fight this administration’s indiscriminate mass deportation agenda and stand with DREAMers and their families across our nation.”