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Newhouse Joins Bipartisan DACA-Border Security Solution

January 18, 2018
Press Release
Newhouse Works With Administration Officials on Legislative Certainty for DACA Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement on cosponsoring the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX), Pete Aguilar (D-CA), and Jeff Denham (R-CA) that protects DACA recipients from deportation while implementing new commonsense border security measures through enhanced technology, manpower and physical barriers. The bill also addresses the immigration backlog that keeps families in limbo while advancing reforms in Central America to address the factors driving migration to the United States.

“This legislation, which provides a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients, accomplishes one of the main goals the President laid out last week by securing the border,” said Rep. Newhouse. “During last week’s bipartisan meeting, the President called on Congress ‘to sit down and negotiate and to compromise’ and ‘to get something done in good faith’ on DACA. This bipartisan legislation does just that by addressing some of the President’s priorities for a final deal. This week, I sat down with the Secretary of Homeland Security and Administration officials to find a way to balance giving DACA recipients certainty and securing our border, and I pledged my support to work with my colleagues and the Administration to get this done.

“For months, I have been urging all sides to work together in good faith. The clock is ticking. One of the greatest frustrations I have while serving in Congress is the tendency to wait until the very last minute to address urgent problems that are affecting real people. Once again, I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle – we must come together to negotiate a deal that addresses the concerns of both sides and provide certainty to the 800,000 young people who remain in jeopardy.”

Background:

The USA Act is a narrow, bipartisan DACA-border solution introduced in the House with 50 original co-sponsors that:

  • Offers a permanent legislative solution for young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
  • Achieves operational control of the border with enhanced technology, manpower and physical barriers [such as levees and fencing]
  • Reduces the immigration system backlog that keeps families in limbo for years
  • Addresses the root causes of unlawful immigration by advancing reforms in Central America

Click here to read the bill text.