Issues and Legislation
Congressman Valadao, Community Leaders Discuss Need for Immigration Reform
Discussion with the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation an d FWD.us
This morning, Congressman Valadao reaffirmed the need for a bipartisan solution and his commitment to pushing for legislative reforms to repair our broken immigration system.FRESNO – This morning, Thursday, February 23, 2017, United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) reaffirmed the need for a bipartisan solution and his commitment to pushing for legislative reforms to repair our broken immigration system. The event, a breakfast discussion in Fresno, California, was hosted by The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation in conjunction with FWD.us.
Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation President Dora Westerlund and Chairman Fausto Hinojosa delivered opening and closing remarks. The discussion with Congressman David G. Valadao was facilitated by Mark Delich, Director of Congressional Affairs at FWD.us.
The discussion focused on the importance of immigration reform to the United States and specifically, the Central Valley, with emphasis on potential legislative solutions and policies that fit the region. Topics ranged from the complexities of building border infrastructure to the critical role immigrant labor plays in the Central Valley agriculture industry.
During the discussion, Congressman Valadao reaffirmed the need to pass legislation to continue protecting DACA recipients from deportation. He explained the 47,000 DACA-eligible individuals living in the Kern, Tulare, Kings, and Fresno counties are significant members of the local community.
Since being elected to Congress, Congressman Valadao has remained dedicated to reforming the broken immigration system of the United States. His personal connection to immigration, combined with the serious impact policy change will have on his constituents, have provided Valadao with a deep understanding of the issue, especially as it relates to agriculture and our guest worker program.
In 2013, Valadao was one of only three Republicans to support an immigration reform package, H.R. 15; the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. In 2015, he voted against a defense bill amendment which sought to block undocumented youth from serving in the military. Most recently, Valadao cosponsored H.R. 496, the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act. In a letter sent earlier this month, Valadao urged President Donald Trump to collaborate with himself and others in Congress.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.