PROVIDENCE, RI – This afternoon, Lt. Governor Dan McKee issued the following statement reaffirming his support for extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
"Here in Rhode Island, we have thousands of amazing young people who are protected by DACA, many who have only ever known Rhode Island as their home. These young people are studying, working, running small businesses, paying taxes, and building their own families. DACA protects the progress they have made and the many contributions they continue to make to the social and economic fabric of our state. Halting this program is inhumane and stands against everything Rhode Islanders stand for."
DACA was established in 2012 to provide children who arrived to the United States without documentation relief from deportation. DACA currently provides opportunity to 800,000 young people living, studying, working, and contributing to the vibrancy of the United States. The DACA program has been under attack by the current presidential administration.
Rhode Islanders seeking support with DACA or general immigration issues are encouraged to reach out to Progreso Latino, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, or Roger Williams Law School Immigration Law Clinic.