NY Statue of Liberty, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Celso FLORES’s photostream

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 5, 2017) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement regarding the decision by President Donald Trump to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects 800,000 immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation:

“President Trump’s decision today is pathologically cruel and a tragic repudiation of fundamental American values.

The President’s decision is ethically, legally and economically wrong. It puts the futures of nearly 1 million people at risk, more than 90 percent of whom are valuable members of the nation’s workforce. It further squanders two centuries of trust in the American ideal, and the unalienable rights of all to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is reckless and unforgivable.

It sets a very dangerous and chilling precedent. Those in DACA came forward and voluntarily registered with the federal government, and they are now facing the fact that federal officials may use that personal information against them.

Despite this action I want all immigrants living in Pittsburgh – working here, studying here, raising a family here — to know that I and others will do all we can to protect you. Our city was built by generations who came before you, and you will help us grow and thrive for generations to come. This is your city, and you are welcome here.

Pittsburgh is a member of the Dream Coalition, a nationwide effort of government officials, CEOs, faith leaders and others working to preserve and protect DACA and Dreamers. The City will join in legal and legislative efforts to preserve this program, and the promises the United States have made to undocumented immigrants brought here as children. This fight is not over.”