U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling against the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“The Supreme Court’s decision is a victory for the 800,000 DACA recipients who have lived in uncertainty because of the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda. Nearly 17,000 individuals across New Mexico depend on the DACA program to study, work, and contribute to the only country they call home. Dreamers are valued members of our communities, and I am grateful that this program will continue to serve as a lifeline for them.
“However, today’s ruling is an important reminder that Dreamers need a permanent, legislative solution. That’s exactly why I helped lead the effort to pass the Dream and Promise Act in the House – vital legislation that continues to languish on Mitch McConnell’s desk. It’s time for McConnell and Senate Republicans to allow a vote.”