Washington, D.C. –   U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“In response to credible rumors circulating that the Trump Administration may move quickly to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the U.S. Conference of Mayors reaffirms its strong support for DACA.  The nation’s mayors urge President Trump to continue DACA until Congress modernizes our immigration system and provides a more permanent form of relief for DACA recipients.

“Last month, Conference President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu sent a letter to President Trump urging him to continue DACA. DACA provides employment authorization and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 16 and has benefitted nearly 800,000 undocumented youth since it began in 2012.  This program is of vital importance not just to DACA recipients and their families, but also to our cities and our nation.”