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Panetta: Congress Must Make Sure 'Dreamers' Stay Protected

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 September 2017 07:29 AM

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is urging Congress to protect those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Panetta made his comments in a column for The Washington Post.

"On Tuesday, President Trump is reportedly planning to end DACA but defer any deportations for six months, giving Congress time to replace the program," he noted. "If Trump follows through on his threat, Congress should seize this opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation now under consideration to allow dreamers to remain.

"One reason I believe we must keep dreamers in this country is because they provide an outstanding pool of young women and men who can engage in national service, including military service. Today, there are several hundred DACA recipients in the Army; if DACA is ended, these soldiers could face immediate deportation."

And he said that even if Trump has a change of heart and decides to keep DACA, Congress must still take steps to make certain dreamers stay protected in the future.

"It is our responsibility to let dreamers live the American Dream as well," he said. "That is the value that makes our country free, secure and strong for all our people."

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