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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Statement on 9th Anniversary of DACA

Jun 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, June 15th, 2021, marks nine years since President Barack Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, offering protections to millions of people known as “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States at a young age. The program does not offer Dreamers permanent protections or a pathway to citizenship.

Though DACA has survived for almost a decade, it is once again being challenged in the courts by Texas and eight other Republican states. In honor of DACA Day, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the following statement:

“Today, on the ninth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) recognizes the vital contributions Dreamers and their families have made to our country and economic recovery in keeping us safe, healthy, and fed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chair Dr. Ruiz.

“Earlier this year, the CHC endorsed and secured the House of Representatives passage of the Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.

“The Senate must act swiftly to pass both bills. Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Dream and Promise Act brings us closer to permanently protecting millions of Dreamers and their families.”

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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.