OLYMPIA – The following is a statement from the Members of Color Caucus of the Washington State Senate
“The Members of Color in the Washington State Senate stand firmly in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) and the individuals and families throughout Washington who participate in the program. The arrest of Daniel Ramirez Medina, a Washingtonian protected under DACA, is absolutely unacceptable.
“The nearly 750,000 young people across the nation who voluntarily shared their information with federal officials by signing up for DACA are our neighbors, our coworkers, our classmates, our friends and our families. They are also Washingtonians.
“The Trump Administration said they would not go after individuals without criminal offenses. Mr. Ramirez has no criminal record, is the father of an American citizen and lives and works in one of our communities. When the Trump Administration targets DACA students, they target the best among us.
“We stand with all families in Washington, and will work with our federal elected leaders and our governor to do all we can to protect those who are unfairly targeted, and uncertain of the place they hold in their own home.”
The Members of Color Caucus for the Washington State Senate are: Sens. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill, Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, John McCoy, D-Tulalip and Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens.