LANSING — Earlier today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s plan to end the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In response, the members of the Michigan Latino Legislative Caucus issued the following statement:
“As members of the Michigan Latino Legislative Caucus, we are disappointed in the decision to end the successful and popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. DACA affirms our commitment as a nation to our shared values and the American Dream. Today’s announcement rejects the very values that our nation was built on.
“Dreamers across Michigan are proud to call our state home. They are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and our family members. They work hard, study hard and play by the rules, exhibiting the very traits that our country asks of all of us. They came to the United States as children in difficult circumstances, and in many cases, Michigan is the only home they have ever known.
“As legislators, we are committed to uplifting these immigrant families, and we are proud to call attention to the 6,000 Dreamers making remarkable contributions to our communities here in Michigan. It is time for Congress to follow our lead and take action to protect Michigan’s Dreamers from this senseless and shortsighted decision.”
The Michigan Legislative Latino Caucus is made up of 4 members of the Michigan state legislature: Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) and Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights).