Solomon condemns Trump administration for ending DACA

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 6 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., made this statement following President Trump’s announcement that his administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“Like many around the country and in my district, I was saddened and dismayed when President Trump announced that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” Solomon said.

“My heart goes out to the young people who, from the moment they arrived in this country, have embodied the American dream, contributed so much, and worked so hard for their futures and their families. 

“The people of lower northeast Philadelphia who I represent are particularly impacted – we have over 17,000 foreign-born residents in my district and it is a true melting pot of cultures. This cultural diversity should be celebrated and supported – that’s exactly what I’ve worked to do since taking office. 

“After convening a legislative summit on immigration and diversity in February, my team has worked tirelessly to support young immigrants and their families (even bringing some of them on as interns in my district office).  Now I am working closely with colleagues in Harrisburg to introduce legislation that promotes cultural sensitivity and dialogue in our classrooms. 

“The decisions of national leaders have thrust a generation into fear and uncertainty.  But we have the opportunity and obligation at the local and state level to support these young people, with the shared devotion and diligence they deserve,” he said.