Denver, CO — Senate Democratic Leader Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, released the following statement on the news that President Trump is deciding whether or not he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA):

“The very idea of deporting the children of immigrants, who were brought to this country through no fault of their own and have grown up here, gone to school, worked, and have been wonderful members of our communities is nothing short of anti-American. Here in Colorado alone, DACA has allowed over 17,000 young people to pursue their American dreams without fear of deportation. We passed legislation so Dreamers who graduate high school in Colorado can access in-state college tuition rates. Some of our proud educational institutions have even made scholarship and work opportunities available so those young people can pursue their dreams. Is the President really going to turn back the clock on them?”

“It is my sincere hope the President considers very carefully what the consequences of ending DACA would be for the 800,000 young people who have only known the United States as their home. They have been contributing members of our society, and they embody the ideals that make our country great. The President needs to make the right decision, and not take action that would separate families and tear us apart as a country.”

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