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State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) released the following statement Tuesday in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order expanding protections for spouses of U.S. citizens and establishing a new pathway to work visas for certain DACA recipients:

“DACA recipients are working, raising families, buying homes, graduating with advanced degrees and transforming their communities for the better. They are drivers of the economy, they are high academic achievers, and they have grown up here. The United States is their home.

“With today’s action, the federal government is recognizing mixed-status families as whole and supporting the careers of driven college graduates, including DACA recipients. Their family members can rest a little easier knowing they no longer have to live and work in the shadows, and knowing their families are safe from being torn apart.

“This action will keep families together, support local businesses in our community that are struggling to fill open positions, and offer compassion to our neighbors who have lived in this country for decades. I applaud the president’s bold action today in taking a step toward making our immigration system stronger and more equitable.”