INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) issued the following statement after the Trump administration’s announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be rescinded in six months if Congress does not act to improve it.
“I would like to first express my extreme disappointment in the president’s decision to end such a popular and beneficial program that protects young undocumented immigrants who have grown up, lived, worked and studied in our communities since childhood.
“Once again, this president has yielded to political pressures that have led him down a path of poor policymaking.
“The DACA program is a policy that is prudent and compassionate, and one that has provided these young immigrants with opportunities to remain productive members of our communities.
“President Obama signed an executive order approving DACA due to Congress’ inaction on the issue. Now President Trump expects Congress to pass legislation establishing a new policy in just six months. I just don’t see that happening.
“Here in Indiana, we have been working across the aisle to study and establish solutions that will improve educational opportunities for Dreamers. If there are impending federal changes to the DACA program, much of the work we have done on the state level may be at risk.
“For now, I urge the Indiana Congressional delegation to set politics aside and work together on a legislative proposal that provides the same compassionate and practical solutions as the DACA program.”