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Cotton Statement on Rescission of DAPA

June 16, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly's rescission of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or "DAPA," policy:

"This was a deeply irresponsible policy from the start. It essentially said to illegal immigrants that we wouldn't enforce our laws and encouraged them to risk their lives in coming to the United States. It was also a blatant attempt by the president to circumvent Congress that the courts swiftly shut down. I'm glad to see Secretary Kelly take it off the books. Such a high-handed fiat deserves nothing less than to be rescinded in full."