Newhouse Statement on Immigration Vote in House

June 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House voted on H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act:

“Americans deserve secure borders and a workable immigration system, and our consciences demand addressing the uncertainty facing DACA beneficiaries,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I cosponsored H.R. 6136 and voted in favor today because this legislation presented the best opportunity to make substantive improvements to our broken immigration system and address the situation facing families at the Southern border.

“The unwillingness of partisans on both sides to come together to support legislation the President endorsed and agreed to sign into law is one of the most disheartening aspects of serving in the People’s House. I am bitterly disappointed that a minority of Republicans and all Democrats voted against securing our Southern border as well as a legislative solution for DACA beneficiaries.

“The compromise legislation was endorsed by President Trump because it meets the four pillars of his requirements to be signed into law. The political posturing of some of my colleagues to refuse to lift a finger to address our immigration crisis and then move the goal post at the eleventh hour to oppose any reasonable compromise on this issue is a roadblock that prevents progress.

“Those of us who are working for a long-term solution must not stop advocating for legislation that can be signed into law to secure our borders, keep our country safe, and give certainty to DACA beneficiaries who were brought here through no fault of their own.

“Additionally, the House has yet to address the crisis facing agriculture producers who cannot find enough workers, and I will not stop advocating for improvements to create a reliable legal guest-worker system. If our nation’s farmers are to continue providing food for America and the world, it is incumbent on Congress to act to address labor needs. I thank the Speaker for committing to hold a vote on this matter in July.”