BALTIMORE, MD (September 5, 2017) – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today
issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. There are approximately 10,000
current DACA recipients working and going to school in Maryland. Ending the program would
constitute a $509.4 million loss in the state of Maryland’s annual GDP.
“President Trump’s action to end DACA today is a shameful attack on 800,000 young people
who have grown up in this country and are making important contributions to our economy, and
to our educational and civic institutions. Most recently, many have taken heroic actions as first
responders in the recent devastating floods in Texas and are poised to help rebuild the
state. Ending this program will break families apart, deprive thousands of the work
opportunities and education that will help them support themselves and their families, and rob
employers of a diverse and committed work force.
Our country has already invested in these DREAMers – the next generation of teachers, skilled
workers, and business owners – and we must find a way to continue that commitment. Turning
our backs on them is the wrong choice.
My office is evaluating all potential options to protect these DREAMers and their families.”