Congressman David Valadao and five other republicans wrote a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to not get rid of DACA.
Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals is a federal program that affords children of undocumented immigrants temporary protection.
This letter comes after the Texas Attorney General and nine other state attorney generals wrote the president to discontinue it.
They wrote the president saying if he did not fade out DACA by September 5th they’d try to block it through the court system.
Now, just a little over a week from that deadline, Valadao and five of his colleagues are asking the president to keep DACA alive.
Congressman Valadao’s office released this statement about the letter Friday:
“It is clear our immigration system is in desperate need of reform and it is imperative congress act to correct its severe shortcomings immediately. However, targeting individuals who were brought to America as children through no fault of their own is neither the way to repair our broken system nor the way to protect our nation.”
Immigrant rights activist Santos Garcia says he doesn’t want Valadao to send a letter he wants real action.
“This letter is not worth the paper it is written on,” said Garcia. “He should write legislation towards comprehensive immigration reform that would be more meaningful.”
Garcia says the letter is a political statement.
“David Valadao is up for re-election in a largely latino district. So now he gets together with other republicans and writes a letter, well a letter is not the same as comprehensive reform. I’m not buying it,” said Garcia.
Valadao’s letter says DACA currently has 750,000 people in the program.
Samual Molina with Mi Familia Vota says it would have a devastating effect not only on immigrants in the program but to tax payers as well if it goes away.
“It would be a $280-billion reduction in growth over the next decade. So that’s what we are looking at if we rescind DACA alone,” said Molina.
Santos encourages everyone to mobilize for real action to protect DACA.
“Keep calling your legislators,” said Garcia.
The Fresno County Republican Party also made a statement about Valadao’s letter.
“we have not taken a position on DACA as a county party. At this point, we are waiting to see what decision the Trump administration makes,” said Diane Pearce, Executive Administrator.