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Valadao Supports Legislation to Protect Youth from Deportation

Valadao Supports Legislation to Protect Youth from Deportation

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Washignton, January 31, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao today announced his support for H.R. 496, the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act.
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) today announced his support for H.R. 496, the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act.

The legislation, which was originally introduced in the U.S. Senate and then introduced in the House by Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) aims to protect undocumented individuals brought to the United States as children should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued.

After cosponsoring the legislation, Congressman David G. Valadao stated, “It is clear our immigration system is in desperate need of reform however, executive orders are not legislation, and can easily be reversed, offering little assurance to those affected. This bill is the first step in addressing our failing immigration system the responsible way, through legislation, not unilateral executive action. The reality remains, reforming our broken system is complicated and will not be resolved overnight. The BRIDGE Act will provide protection to young people who only know the United States as their home until Congress can achieve a solution to address all aspects of immigration reform.”  

Specifically, the BRIDGE Act would provide temporary relief from deportation and employment authorization to individuals who are eligible for the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA provides temporary protection from removal and work authorization to young students and veterans who grew up in the United States if they register with the federal government, pay a fee, and pass a criminal background check. More than 47,000 individuals are impacted by the program in the four counties Congressman Valadao represents alone.

By granting these individuals temporary protection, Congress can continue our work to repair our system, while allowing these young people to work and study without fear of deportation. Applicants would be required to demonstrate they meet eligibility requirements that they brought to the United States as minors, and since, have pursued an education and not committed any serious crimes.

The BRIDGE Act has broad support from Republicans and Democrats in both Chambers, faith based organizations, as well as civil rights groups, and immigrant communities. Complete text of the BRIDGE Act can be found here

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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