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Congressman Valadao and Colleagues Urge House to Consider DACA Legislation

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Washignton, September 1, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) joined a group of lawmakers in sending a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The letter, signed by ten Members of Congress, requests the House consider legislation to address the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) joined a group of lawmakers in sending a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The letter, signed by ten Members of Congress, requests the House of Representatives consider legislation to address the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Congressman David G. Valadao stated, “In light of the imminent September 5 deadline to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it is more critical than ever that Congress immediately act to repair our broken immigration system." He continued, "These young people were brought to the United States through no fault of their own and make significant contributions to our society. By passing the RAC Act, Congress can provide a legislative solution so these individuals may continue to live in the only home they know: the United States."

The letter illustrates the vital role DACA recipients have within communities across the United States and explains the "majority of these individuals have enrolled in school our found employment." While the letter expresses disapproval of how the DACA program was established, it states, "It would be wrong to go back on our word and subject these individuals to deportation."

The full text of the letter can be found here.

BACKGROUND
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program 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 impacted by the program reside in the four counties Congressman Valadao represents.

Since being elected to Congress, Congressman Valadao has remained dedicated to repairing 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 and H.R. 1468, the Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act which provides a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

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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