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Illinois lawmakers sound off on DACA announcement

Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Tammy Duckworth respond to President Trump's DACA agenda. (WICS)

Response from Congress is continuing to pour in Tuesday as President Trump puts the fate of so-called "Dreamers" in the hands of Congress.

In response to the Trump administration’s announcement that they will rescind DACA, leaving nearly 800,000 DREAMers vulnerable to deportation, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement:

“Make no mistake—this decision is not about ‘rule of law,’ as Attorney General Sessions claims. This is a gut-wrenching betrayal of American values that leaves nearly 800,000 of our neighbors vulnerable to deportation and tears families and communities apart.
“DREAMers and DACA recipients are doctors, teachers, students and Servicemembers. They have mortgages and jobs. They know only one nation: the United States, which is where they were raised. To end a program that allowed these patriots to come out of the shadows and more fully contribute to this country is irresponsible and heartless. Congress must act immediately and pass legislation to make DACA the law of the land.”

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said Republicans must join with Democrats and take action to keep families from being torn apart.

"The clock is ticking. we are now in a countdown toward deportation for 780,000 protected by DACA today,” Durbin said. “For those young men and women across America, I can tell you, this is a moment of great concern."

Durbin, a ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, released the following statement:

In my first conversation with President Trump on Inauguration Day, I thanked him for the positive things he had said about the Dreamers. He looked me in the eye and said: “Don't worry. We are going to take care of those kids.”
Despite many of the terrible immigration policies this Administration has put forward, I have always held out the hope that President Trump would keep his work and "take care" of the Dreamers. After all, the President told America, “we love the Dreamers.”
But today’s announcement from Attorney General Sessions was cold, harsh, threatening, and showed little respect, let alone love, for these Dreamers.
Starting this countdown clock will require Congress to act fast to stop rolling mass deportations of hundreds of thousands of young people—students, teachers, doctors, engineers, first responders, servicemembers, and more. Families will be torn apart and America will lose many of our best and brightest unless Republicans join with Democrats to right this wrong immediately. I first introduced the Dream Act sixteen years ago to ensure these young people could stay here, in the only country they’ve ever known. Now Congress must act on this bipartisan bill, and act now. These families cannot wait.

Congressman Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, released the following statement:

“Our immigration system is broken and it cannot be fixed simply by circumventing Congress and legislating through the Executive Branch as attempted by the Obama administration. We need stronger border protections and enforcement measures, which the House has already started to address. However, part of this broken immigration system includes people who were brought here illegally as children through no fault of their own and for many of them, America is the only country they have ever known. President Obama said himself in 2012 that DACA was never meant to be a permanent fix. Now, President Trump has provided a timeline for Congress to address this issue and I hope together we can find a permanent, bipartisan solution that balances compassion and lawfulness.”

The following statement can be attributed to Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti regarding the future of the federal Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Immigration is personal to me. My mother was a refugee from Cuba and my father emigrated legally from Ecuador. While my parents came to this country under very different circumstances, they had the common goal of achieving the American dream.
“Republicans and Democrats across the country agree that our current immigration system is broken. The current system divides our communities, incentivizes illegal entry, strains law enforcement, and stymies our economy with uncertainty. Today’s DACA repeal sets a 6-month clock for reform. Congress should take this opportunity to fix our broken immigration system, and in turn address DACA, border security, and a path to citizenship.”

Congressman John Shimkus, R-Illinois, released the following statement:

“Rolling back the previous administration’s temporary DACA policy puts necessary pressure on Congress to act on illegal immigration. The House has already begun that work, approving legislation this year to better enforce existing immigration laws, crack down on so-called sanctuary cities, and provide $1.6 billion for the construction of a physical barrier along our southern border. We must continue working together to ensure our immigration system is not only fair to American citizens, but also fair and compassionate to young adults brought here illegally by their parents.”

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