Newhouse Statement on Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement regarding continuing legislative negotiations on behalf of beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“I spoke with Speaker Ryan today, who assured me that our Conference will vote, as early as next week, on an immigration bill that will give certainty to DACA beneficiaries and secure our border,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Given this significant progress, I will not sign the discharge petition today. The DACA beneficiaries with whom I have spoken in Central Washington are not asking for a symbolic vote on measures that have no chance at becoming law. For me, reaching a long-term solution is vital for DACA beneficiaries. These DACA beneficiaries have asked me for certainty, and I strongly believe this may be the best legislative vehicle that can receive *215 House votes, 60 votes in the Senate, and the President’s signature into law.
“I also commend the Speaker and the Majority Leader for committing to me personally to bring forward a separate immigration bill that addresses agriculture’s labor needs before the August district work period. Agriculture is a labor-intensive industry and there remains a shortage of domestic labor. Our farmers and ranchers must have access to a legal and reliable workforce in order to provide the world with a safe and abundant supply of food.
“The discharge petition has succeeded in pushing this vital matter for so many young people to the forefront. I also remind my colleagues, that while today’s deadline for a vote on June 25th has passed, the discharge still has time to gain signatures for a vote on July 23rd. I will continue to keep my options open on what is the best course of action. In the meantime, I support ongoing efforts to find a solution that can become law.”