I stand with Dreamers just as I stand with every immigrant family in America. The DACA program did not address the needs of undocumented childhood arrivals; these people deserve a clear, legal path to United States citizenship. The problem with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), is right in the name: we’re sweeping the problem under the rug, not fixing it.

If we claim to stand with undocumented childhood arrivals, we cannot make them second-class citizens, and we certainly should not have asked them to yield their information to our government without a permanent guarantee that they would not be punished for doing so. By “deferring action”, we are failing to stand with them in the first place, and I will bring firm, unbending support for all America’s immigrant families, DACA-registered or otherwise, to Congress.

We made a commitment when we asked Dreamers for their personal information. Now, they face the prospect of being robbed of their home and even their first language. Many Dreamers have no memory of their birth nation, and have been raised exclusively within our country. They are our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and often family. Abruptly breaking our promise will tear apart communities, families, and even businesses. We owe it to our Dreamer friends to win this battle once and for all.

My position is simple:  I support any immediate action to provide relief for Dreamers and solve the mess we created. I also understand that we can settle for nothing short of a permanent solution. Our undocumented friends and neighbors cannot be left in limbo, used as a bargaining chip in political bickering. They are our fellow Americans, and we owe them equity, security, and fair treatment.

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