Press Release

Blackburn statement on DACA program

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Washington, September 5, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to end the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“President Trump continues to prioritize our nation’s security and I applaud this latest decision to uphold the rule of law our country was founded upon. Unilateral executive actions, such as DACA, offer the false hope of amnesty that led to a surge of illegal immigration and stole jobs from American citizens by giving illegal aliens work permits. This is why the House twice passed measures I introduced to freeze the DACA program. President Obama’s ‘pen and phone’ approach used illegal aliens as pawns in a political game, circumvented congressional authority, and cemented his legacy of lawlessness. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the coming months to fix our broken immigration system and establish laws that encourage immigrants and their families to come here legally.”

In 2014 and 2015 Blackburn authored legislation to freeze funding for President Obama’s DACA program. She represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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