Local lawmakers McCarthy, Valadao and Vidak issue statements on DACA's demise

DACA supporters march to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to protest shortly after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), will be suspended with a six-month delay, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. David Valadao and state Sen. Andy Vidak -- all of whom represent parts of Kern County -- issued statements Tuesday in reaction to the Trump administration's announcement that it would "wind down" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

The government will stop processing new applications under DACA, which has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and given them the ability to work legally in the U.S.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the Obama administration's DACA program "an unconstitutional exercise of authority." The Trump administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered by the program.

McCarthy, a Republican from Bakersfield who serves as the majority leader in the House, gave the following statement through his spokesman:

“President Obama was wrong to try and make immigration law by executive order like he did with DACA and DAPA. It is Congress’s role and responsibility to make immigration law and I believe this is an issue that Congress needs to address. Over the next few months, I will continue to work closely with my colleagues so we can strengthen border security and fix our broken immigration system.”

Valadao, another House Republican, issued the following statement:

"For years, Congress has failed to repair our broken immigration system. However, in light of the President’s announcement, Congress must come together within the next six months to reach a legislative solution. I will continue to advocate on behalf of dreamers. America is the only home these young people know and I will do everything in my power to ensure those who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own are not unjustly punished."

Vidak, another Republican, said via a news release from his office:

"I have said for years that immigration reform, including protecting 'Dreamers,' should be done by Congress and the President working together. Through his actions today, President Trump has put the ball squarely in Congress's court. Hopefully both Republican and Democrat members of the Senate and House will put aside partisanship for the good of the country, get off their posteriors and enact comprehensive immigration reform."


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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