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Rep. Murphy Issues Statement on DACA

Murphy calls for swift action by Congress to protect Dreamers

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Washington, September 5, 2017 | comments
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today issued a statement on President Trump’s decision to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA):

"As a mother, my heart aches over President Trump's decision to shun those who were brought to this country as children. As an immigrant, I fiercely believe that Dreamers have become an integral part of the fabric of American society. As a former national security specialist, I know that this decision does absolutely nothing to make Americans safer.

"President Trump's decision will push hundreds of thousands of hardworking and productive individuals back into the shadows. It is now up to Congress to step up and act swiftly to pass bipartisan legislation that ensures Dreamers can continue to live, study, and work in the only country many of them have ever known.

"Failure to act will tear apart families, uproot small businesses, and send a clear message that America no longer welcomes those who are willing to work hard and contribute to the great American experiment. I hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will recognize the urgency of this situation and come together to find a permanent legislative solution for the 800,000 aspiring Americans who are affected by the president’s decision.”

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U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor who also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.

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