Rep. Yoho Statement on DACA Program
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) issued the following statement following today’s announcement by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“The president’s decision to suspend the DACA program after a period of six months is the right thing to do. For decades Washington has failed to address our broken immigration system. For too long Washington has looked the other way and not enforced the existing laws on the books and it has created a complete mess. President Obama’s actions were an abuse of his executive authority and went around the legislative branch. Congress writes the laws, and it is the Executive Branch’s duty to make sure they are faithfully executed.
“For those who came to the United States as children and to no fault of their own, I support a window of time for them to come forward and identify themselves without fear of deportation. I support providing a way for Dreamers who have registered under DACA with DHS to obtain legal status. Such legislation should go hand-in-hand with measures that reduce illegal immigration.
“Congress now has six months to work collectively on a legislative solution that will fix this problem and shield Dreamers from deportation. We owe it to them and all Americans to fix this once and for all.”