WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement on the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
“Ten years ago today, under President Barak Obama, the Department of Homeland Security announced a transformative policy that would grant undocumented youth who were brought to the United States as children temporary permission to stay in the country. Since then, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has protected millions of Dreamers from being deported from the only country they have ever known,” said Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash). “Immigrants across the country have made countless contributions to our communities, culture, and our economy. On today’s DACA anniversary, we must renew our commitment to create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants who call this country home. By doing so, we can make the American Dream a reality for millions of hardworking folks."