Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Statement on Trump Administration's Decision to End Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program

Sep 5, 2017
Press Release

PORTLAND, MAINE – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program within six months:

“Yet again President Trump has created a crisis that Congress must solve. My colleagues on both sides of the aisle, including Speaker Ryan, urged the President not to walk away from our promise to DREAMers, and now we must work together in order to clean up the mess he’s made. Putting the futures of 800,000 young people enrolled in DACA into limbo is irresponsible and inhumane. Nearly one hundred Maine residents will be immediately impacted by President Trump’s decision to deport young people who grew up here and are contributing members of our communities, and countless more minors will be forced into the shadows because DHS will no longer accept new DACA applications. Not only is it cruel to deport people to a country they wouldn’t even recognize, it would be a major disruption to our economy. I hope the House will act swiftly to pass legislation to give DREAMers a pathway to remain in the only country they’ve ever known.”