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Sen. Murray: “I hope my Republican colleagues in Congress will join me to reverse President Trump’s shameful decision” and “find a permanent solution for DREAMers that allows them to stay in the only country they've known as home.” 

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement following an announcement that President Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA:

“This is truly a sad day for our country. Once again, President Trump has let the voices of division and hate win the day in the White House, defying all common sense or compassion. Shamefully, he has turned his back on hundreds of thousands of young men and women, including more than 17,000 people in Washington state, who were brought here as children and know one home—America,” said Sen. Murray. “These young men and women are our neighbors, our coworkers, our students, our doctors, our engineers, and our friends. They are our first responders when disasters strike. And not only do DREAMers contribute significantly to our well-being and our economy, they are deeply woven in to the rich fabric of our culture and are emblematic of the American spirit. While President Trump may see ending DACA as a political move to pander to his extreme, hardline base, I know the majority of people across this country will stand up and fight back, and as a voice in Congress for my state, I promise to work to find a solution to honor the 800,000 DREAMers who call America home, and to honor the very foundation of our immigrant nation.

“I hope my Republican colleagues in Congress will join me to reverse President Trump’s shameful decision, to find a permanent solution for DREAMers that allows them to stay in the only country they've known as home, and to work toward comprehensive immigration reform to finally address our broken immigration system,” added Sen. Murray.

In July, Sen. Murray sent a letter with 41 of her Democratic Senate colleagues to President Donald Trump to use his executive authority to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.