DACA rollback a “cruel threat” to more than 20,000 N.J. residents, economic blow to the state; Congress must act quickly to protect “Dreamers.”

Statement from Wilfredo Larancuent, President of SEIU New Jersey State Council, which represents more than 23,000 service workers in the state.

“The Trump administration’s decision to end DACA is both cruel and counterproductive. The rollback affects more than 20,000 DACA recipients in New Jersey, where they study, work and pay an estimated $66 million annually in local and taxes. We call on the state’s Congressional delegation to act swiftly in finding a bipartisan fix that will allow these young people – in this situation through no fault of their own – to remain here and continue to contribute to our

“The Dreamers have been thoroughly vetted and put their trust in the federal government. They need a path to legal residency and citizenship. Our members will keep the pressure on our congressional delegation to quickly find a legislative solution to give them that path and keep families together.”