Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. This program protected people who were brought to this country as children from being deported. The administration has given Congress six months to pass a replacement for DACA.
Our special election is in two months. Given this Congress’s track record so far, I look forward to participating in the conversation.
The 800,000 young people being put at risk by this decision—including 9700 in Utah—are exactly the people that America needs. 95 percent of them are either in school or working jobs. They want to pay taxes. They speak English. They were raised here. They are Americans in every way except documentation.
We should not punish these young Americans for the actions of their parents. Nor should we cling so blindly to the letter of a law we know is unjust. It is past time for Congress to come together and find a bipartisan way to fix our nation’s immigration system, so that everyone who wants to can live the American dream.
I remember when Ronald Reagan ran on a platform of “compassionate conservativism.” When he spoke of America being a shining city on a hill, he described it as “teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; . . . and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and heart to get here.” Conservatives today have forgotten the great compassion of Ronald Reagan, who granted amnesty to approximately three million undocumented immigrants.
I call upon everyone who still believes that compassion is more important than partisan ideology to support me in our special election this November. If elected, I pledge to make the most of this opportunity that Congress has, not just to protect the Dreamers, but to fix our broken immigration system once and for all.