On Tuesday, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released a statement in response to the news about President Donald Trump ending the Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program protects thousands of individuals who entered the U.S. illegally as young children.
“It is evident that the Trump Administration is determined to undermine this nation’s history of inclusion, tolerance and diversity toward immigrant communities. From the Muslim travel ban to punishing local jurisdictions for not assisting with the federal government’s responsibility of deporting undocumented residents to, now, irreparably harming individuals who were innocent children when brought to our country, it is clear that this administration is anti-immigrant and un-American.
Individuals protected by DACA – also known as “Dreamers” – are a critical part of every community throughout this nation, including here in Maryland and Prince George’s County. In Maryland alone, ending DACA would cost over $500 million to our state’s gross domestic product (GDP).
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