State Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) have taken aim at President Donald Trump (R) for his “heartless” and “reprehensible” decision to end the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Program.
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“Ending DACA is a tragic, heartless decision that will hurt thousands of young men and women who were brought to our country by their parents at a young age and are just as much a part of our community as anyone of us,” Sacco said in a statement.
“I’ve met many of these kids in our North Bergen schools, and they are some of the most inspiring and hardworking students I’ve ever seen. The DACA program gives them the opportunity to work, attend college, pay taxes and contribute to our country and tearing that chance away from them would damage our economy and our society.”
Sacco added that he’s hoping Congress will “pass a legislative solution” to protect DREAMers.
“The President’s cruel and reprehensible decision to end DACA with a six month delay is inhumane and devastating for families and communities across the country,” Sires said in his own statement.
“In doing so, the President is also hurting our economy and our national security while diverting critical law enforcement efforts that should be focused on those who pose a true danger to public safety.”
As Politico first reported on Sunday, the Trump administration decided to end DACA, a President Barack Obama initiative from 2012 which provides work permits to undocumented immigrants he came to America as children, with a six-month delay.
On the front steps of New Jersey City University on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) rallied with activists in favor of DACA.
Both Menendez and Prieto noted that the initiative has benefited 800,000 young adults across the country, 22,000 of whom live in New Jersey, and a repeal could potentially cause a $1.5 billion hit to the economy.