Harder Statement on Supreme Court Case on Dreamers

November 12, 2019
Press Release
Harder Represents Over 10,000 Dreamers

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program, created under the Obama Administration, protects over 10,000 young people in the Central Valley.

“I taught Dreamers at MJC – they’re Americans in every way except on paper. One young woman I knew was carried over the border as a little baby but now faces an uncertain future.

“The Trump Administration has gone after these kids for no good reason even after the president himself said they’re ‘good, educated, and accomplished young people who have jobs.’ The Supreme Court should rule in favor of our Dreamers and stop the rollback of this program.

“We’re only in this situation because Mitch McConnell and the Senate refuse to do anything to protect our Dreamers. We passed a bipartisan bill in the House and they’ve been sitting on it for months— instead forcing the Supreme Court to do the Senate's. It’s time to stop playing politics with these kids’ futures and finally pass the Dream and Promise Act.”

In June, the House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act, legislation to give Dreamers a path to citizenship, on a bipartisan vote. Rep. Harder cosponsored the bill and voted to pass it. Rep. Harder has also introduced bipartisan legislation to allow Dreamers to serve in the military as a pathway to citizenship.