INDIANAPOLIS – More than 500 state and local elected officials have united to denounce the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs. State Senator J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) joined his colleagues across the country in signing a bipartisan statement urging Congress to pass permanent protection and a path to citizenship for Dreamers and TPS holders.

The actions taken during the first two years of the president’s administration, including ending DACA and TPS, have deprived millions of people of their rights to live their normal lives. Sen. Ford had the following comments on the addition of his signature to this letter to Congress:

“Dreamers and TPS holders are deeply rooted in communities across America, especially here in Indiana. This is why I filed Senate Bill (SB) 335 this session, which would grant in-state tuition rates to qualified undocumented Hoosier residents. Undocumented Hoosiers are people just like you and me, and SB 335 would have allowed them to continue their education right here in Indiana.

“Dreamers and TPS Hoosiers play an integral role in our communities; they have lived in our country for most of their lives. They are our neighbors. They excel in our schools. They pay taxes every year. Unfortunately, these Hoosiers are now facing an uncertain future which could mean losing their ability to work lawfully, being separated from their families and, ultimately, being deported from the place they have always called home.

“This is not a partisan issue. I call on the White House to work quickly and thoroughly with Congress to pass permanent protection for these individuals so that they no longer have to continue to live in fear and uncertainty. Let’s end the chaos that these good people endure every day.”

To view the statement online with a full list of signatories, follow this link.