Washington and Idaho government officials react to end of DACA program

SPOKANE, Wash --- President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program has led many local government officials to speak out.

In a letter to President Trump, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Adam Smith (WA-09), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Denny Heck (WA-10) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) urged the president to reconsider his decision to repeal DACA.

They want to make sure the Dreamers’ application information is not used for immigration enforcement. They also asked the president to work with Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.

Terminating the program will impact approximately 17,500 Washington residents who have been granted DACA status. You can read the full letter here.

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a critical program that has brought tremendous benefits to our entire country. We write to express our profound disappointment in your decision to repeal the DACA program. This repeal will impose severe harm, not only on the 800,000 DACA recipients nationally, but also the broader community. We urge you to immediately work with Congress to pass clean legislation to protect Dreamers,” said the letter.

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) issued a statement separately about the president ending DACA. You can find the whole statement here.

“I’ve long said I didn’t agree with the way the previous administration went about enacting DACA, but we must protect children who are already here in this country and those who are currently protected under DACA,” said McMorris Rodgers.

Idaho’s Attorney General, Lawrence Wasden issued a statement following the president’s announcement as well. You can read his whole statement here.

“… the root of this entire issue is Congress’s failure to pass a law that takes into account the needs of everyday families, especially those families whose ties cross international borders,” said Wasden.

Idaho’s Republican Representative, Raúl Labrador applauded the president’s decision to end DACA.

“Through his action today, President Trump is creating leverage for larger immigration reform, which should include border wall funding and stronger interior enforcement. As Chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, I will continue working with my colleagues and the Administration on fixing all aspects of our broken immigration system,” said Labrador.

You can read his full statement here.

Idaho’s Governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, also released a statement about the DACA decision. You can find the entire statement here.

“I…support the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to phase out the DACA program in a way that will minimize the impact on current DACA beneficiaries,” said Otter.

Washington’s Governor, Jay Inslee issued a statement Monday about the president’s announcement he would end DACA. You can read his full statement here.

“More than 17,000 Dreamers call Washington state home. The cruel action reported to be announced tomorrow by the president threatens the ability of these young men and women -- many of whom know of no other place to call home -- to pursue the incredible opportunities our nation promised them five years ago,” said Inslee.

Washington’s Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, issued a statement yesterday about DACA as well. You can find the full statement here.

“If President Trump follows through on his reported decision to cancel DACA after a six-month delay, the Washington Attorney General's Office will file suit to halt this cruel and illegal policy and defend DACA recipients,” said Ferguson.

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