PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement today in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that they will be ending DACA:

“Rhode Island was founded on the values of tolerance and diversity. Throughout our history, our state has been strengthened by the contributions of immigrants. Thanks to DACA, 1,200 young people have come forward, passed background checks, and now live and work legally in Rhode Island. For many of these Dreamers, the United States is the only home they’ve ever known. President Trump’s plan to end DACA is nothing short of cruel, and could mean a $61.1 million hit to Rhode Island’s economy. As long as I am the Governor of this state, Rhode Island will stand up for the American dream, and the Dreamers who keep it alive.”