September 5, 2017
Boulder County Commissioners denounce Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA
"We call on Congress to act immediately to shore up DACA and to allow its protections to continue for the young immigrants who are being unfairly impacted by this decision."
Boulder County, Colo. (Sept. 5, 2017) - The Board of County Commissioners has issued the following statement in regards to the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
Today, we stand with the nearly 800,000 individuals who, through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, have been granted an opportunity to earn an education, pursue a career, and contribute greatly to the economic and social well-being of our country. "Dreamers" are an important part of our community and we will fight to support them in their efforts to become permanent residents of the United States.
Now that DACA is being rescinded by the Trump administration – putting undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children at risk of deportation to countries that they are unfamiliar with and do not consider “home” – we call on Congress to act immediately to shore up DACA and to allow its protections to continue for these young people who are being unfairly impacted by this decision.
We recognize that our immigration system is broken and that we as a country need to work towards comprehensive immigration reform. DACA is a significant piece of this reform effort, and we support extending opportunities to children who may have arrived here undocumented but who are clearly on a path to succeed and thrive here in the way that immigrants have done throughout our nation’s history.
A pathway to legal residency and citizenship for undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children is good public policy. Allowing young immigrants to get an education, earn higher wages, pay taxes, and contribute productively to our economy and communities benefits us all in a myriad of positive ways.
These Dreamers have adopted the U.S. as their home and they are entitled to the right to remain here and to continue to add to this country’s inclusive and rich cultural fabric. It is time for Congress to act and to assure protections for these vital members of our society who were unjustly put at risk today by the callous actions of the Trump administration.
Yours in service,
Cindy Domenico, County Commissioner
Deb Gardner, County Commissioner
Elise Jones, County Commissioner