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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Statement On Court Orders to Restart DACA and Locate Deported Parents

Aug 4, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) issued the following statement following two separate federal court orders regarding DACA and family separation.

"Today, we saw two federal judges call out the Trump Administration for its cruel policies that have targeted Dreamers and resulted in the separation of families. I am heartened to see the federal courts uphold the law and protect immigrant and Hispanic families from the Trump Administration’s unlawful policies.

"It is abhorrent that the Trump Administration deceptively deported hundreds of parents without their children and to this day does not have a strategy to reunite these families. Instead, the Trump Administration tried to force other organizations to undo the harm and crisis they perpetrated. I completely agree with Judge Sabraw’s conclusion that the government's actions are completely unacceptable. CHC will continue demanding that the Trump Administration take immediate steps to reunite the families they separated and prevent any more harm to children.

"Today's ruling on DACA by Judge Bates reaffirmed that the program’s rescission was unlawful and therefore must be fully restored. This ruling, which won't take effect until after August 23, is one small step in the right direction. However, a lot of uncertainty still remains as many of the DACA court cases continue to move forward. Given this uncertainty, it is critical that eligible Dreamers continue renewing their DACA and Congress not rely on the courts but instead urgently work to pass a permanent solution for Dreamers.

"Too many immigrant and Hispanic families continue to be hurt by President Trump's policies. The stakes are too high to just rely on the courts to hold the Trump Administration accountable for their actions and to protect vulnerable and immigrant communities. The CHC will continue working tirelessly to defend the communities we represent and will not back down from holding the Administration accountable."

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.