Newhouse Supports Legislative Protections for DREAMers

January 31, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA joined a bipartisan group of members to cosponsor legislation to protect undocumented young people brought to the United States as children. Rep. Newhouse cosponsored 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.

“From our founding, America has been a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Our own communities in Central Washington are a testament to the contributions of immigrants to the fabric of American society. It is the sole responsibility of Congress to write laws that provide a humane solution to our broken immigration system. Rather than affording protection, President Obama’s unconstitutional Executive Order left families across this country in legal limbo. I am proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect children brought here through no fault of their own. These children and young adults deserve stability here in the U.S. while Congress comes together on long term immigration reform to provide a permanent solution for them, secure our borders, and build a reasonable and accessible immigration system going forward.”

H.R. 496 was introduced in the House by Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL). Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Click here for background on the BRIDGE Act.