(WASHINGTON) – The following is the official statement of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa on the decision handed down from the White House today to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order originally put in place under President Obama.
“The Teamsters are disappointed by this decision, as the union has long supported immigration reform and a path to citizenship for our nation’s ‘dreamers’. These young people are already citizens in every way that matters and deserve to have all of the same rights and opportunities enjoyed by U.S.-born children.”
“Ending the DACA program punishes these nearly 800,000 people, including numerous Teamsters across industries, whose only crime was being brought to the U.S. as minors by their own families. It is neither fair nor just, especially at a time when thousands of them are involved with getting their communities back on track in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
“The Teamsters Union supports comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Today’s action by the Administration makes the need for congressional action all the more urgent. It is time to pass legislation that will ensure the futures of these children and young adults so that they may pursue the American dream as millions of immigrants have done before them.”
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