STATEMENT BY AASCU PRESIDENT MILDRED GARCÍA, ED.D., ON HOUSE’S FAILURE TO PROTECT DREAMERS

June 27, 2018

I am disappointed to see that Congress has once again failed to offer and pass a reasonable solution to the plight of our nation’s Dreamers. As I have previously stated, our leaders’ inability to come to agreement on a matter of broad public consensus across the country bodes ill for their capacity to work together on the many other issues on which genuine policy disagreements divide the public. Codification of existing DACA rules into law would be the weakest acceptable policy remedy for the Dreamers, and this GOP effort fell short of that. Sadly, prolonging the agony of Dreamers appears to be entirely consistent with other aspects of our political leaders’ immigration policies.

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