Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck – alongside California Attorney General Rob Bonta, New York Attorney General Letitia James, and 21 other attorneys general across the country – issued a letter on Friday supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s proposal to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, better known as Dreamers.
The letter, directed at Secretary of Homeland Security Alejando Mayorkas and Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ur Jaddou, was specifically written in response to a proposed DHS rule from September 28 that would codify DACA as a federal regulation.
“For years, New Jersey has been a leader in defense of DACA, and I am proud to continue that strong tradition today,” Bruck said in a statement. “New Jersey’s Dreamers are a key part of our community – they are our co-workers, friends, fellow students, and neighbors, and their contributions to our state are invaluable.”
Gov. Phil Murphy, whose campaign for a second term frequently highlighted New Jersey’s large immigrant population, also lent his support to the letter.
“This rule is important because it will strengthen DACA … as well as hundreds of thousands of Dreamers across the U.S. who have never known any other home country but this one,” Murphy said. “Our continuing commitment is to ensure that New Jersey remains a welcoming place for all who wish to be part of America’s story.”