Sen. Hwang on DACA: “This is an opportunity which Congress must seize.”

September 6, 2017
Hwang 2017-06-01 with Aiti Rai Trinity intern (1 of 5)

Sen. Tony Hwang (right) on June 3 with Aiti Rai (left) at the State Capitol. Rai was a Nepalese refugee for the first 15 years of her life. Her family escaped from political persecution. Rai told Sen. Hwang how she dreamed of a better life, and in the United States, she had the chance to expand her dreams. She earned her high school diploma, becoming the salutatorian at Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy. In 2015, Rai realized the dream of American citizenship. She served as a State Capitol intern in the Connecticut General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session and is now a Trinity College undergraduate.

Sen. Tony Hwang today issued the following statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“Compassion.  Open-heartedness.  Kindness. Those are the things we need in America,” Sen. Hwang said.  “We also need policies which bring about certainty and predictability for people.  We are a nation of immigrants.  A melting pot.  We need Congress to come up with a common sense solution which does not put children at risk.  This is an opportunity which Congress must seize.  Fix the problem.  Do your jobs.  Work together.  Get it done.”

*Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.  He can be reached at [email protected] or 800-842-1421. On the web: