Statement from City Attorney Dennis Herrera on DACA

The President’s decision jeopardizes 800,000 youth

Herrera-and-Becerra-300x300SAN FRANCISCO (Sep. 5, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program:

“President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was not only heartless, it was cowardly. This president just cut short the future of 800,000 children, but he is trying to shift the blame to Congress. Children should not be used as political pawns by a president who doesn’t even have the guts to go before the American people and announce this decision himself. Deporting children who have known no other home than America makes no sense. This president has just put the next generation of young American leaders in peril.

The hypocrisy of this administration is also galling. Attorney General Jeff Sessions claims DACA was an attempt to circumvent Congress, yet that is exactly what this administration is doing with the president’s executive order on sanctuary cities and their attempt to unlawfully add new conditions to law enforcement grants. Once again, this administration is showing its contempt for the facts and the law.”