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Newhouse Statement on DACA Deadline

March 5, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement on the passing of today’s deadline for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In September of 2017, President Trump announced that the DACA program would wind down by March 5, 2018. Federal courts have since intervened and allowed the renewal of existing DACA permits while the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reviews the White House decision to wind down the program.

“I am disappointed that Congress has failed to implement a legislative solution for DACA recipients by the President’s deadline,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I advocated for Congress to act quickly so that DACA beneficiaries would not be left in uncertainty. Today’s deadline, marked by inaction, is a bitter disappointment to every DACA beneficiary who has worked and hoped for urgent action. 18,000 DACA recipients in Washington state find themselves in continuous legal limbo, and I urge my colleagues to come together to give them certainty. Just because federal courts are allowing existing permits to be renewed does not mean that Congress should continue to delay and be subjected to demands from the extremes in this debate. The only solution that can pass Congress – and be signed into law by the President – is one that balances legal certainty for DACA recipients with securing the border.”


On January 25, 2018, Rep. Newhouse expressed public support for the White House’s announcement of an immigration framework that would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and $25 billion for border security.

On January 18, 2018, Rep. Newhouse signed on as a cosponsor of H.R.4796, 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.

On December 5, 2017, Rep. Newhouse and 33 other Republican House members urged Speaker Paul Ryan to put a permanent solution for DACA on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the end of the year. 

On November 9, 2017, Rep. Newhouse rallied 13 House Republicans to support ongoing negotiations led by House Republican leaders for a legislative solution for DACA beneficiaries the end of 2017

On September 27, 2017, Rep. Newhouse joined colleagues to request Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to extend the administration’s DACA renewal deadline.

In response to President Trump’s announcement on September 5, 2017 to wind down DACA, Rep. Newhouse worked with colleagues to urge action on a legislative solution before the end of 2017.

On September 1, 2017, Rep. Newhouse joined colleagues urging Speaker Paul Ryan for a legislative solution for DACA beneficiaries.

On April 6, 2017, Rep. Newhouse signed on as a cosponsor of H.R.1468, Recognizing America's Children Act, which would provide a path to legal status to children brought to the United States through no fault of their own.

On January 30, 2017, Rep. Newhouse signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 496, the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide temporary relief from deportation and provide work authorization to undocumented youth.

On January 3, 2017, Rep. Newhouse signed on as a cosponsor of H.R.60, the Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training Act (ENLIST) Act, which would allow otherwise-qualified immigrants brought here by their parents through no fault of their own to earn legal status through military service.