Members of the Morristown-based immigration advocacy group Wind of the Spirit have asked Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.) to spare DACA, an Obama-era program that protects undocumented immigrants who came to America as children from deportation.
President Trump pledged during his campaign to eliminate the program–officially known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program–and Fox News is reporting he may fulfill that pledge as early as Friday.
In June his administration had signaled that DACA would continue.
Wind of the Spirit members on Wednesday visited Frelinghuysen’s Morristown office and spoke to staffers.
Carlos Sotelo read aloud a letter from six GOP Congress members urging the President to spare DACA. (See video by Bill Lescohier, above.)
The Aug. 22, 2017, letter is signed by Reps. Daniel M. Donovan Jr. (NY), David Valadeo, Jeff Denham (both CAL), Don Bacon (Nebraska), and Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (both FL).
Citing a study by the CATO Institute, the Congressional group said deporting the approximately 750,000 people registered in DACA would cost more than $60 billion in lost revenue, and would bring a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade.
The money could be better spent targeting criminals, the letter said.
“it is in the best interests of our nation to continue DACA until we can pass a permanent legislative solution, such as the Republican-backed Recognizing America’s Children Act,” the lawmakers asserted.
Frelinghuysen, who chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee, did not meet with the Morristown activists.