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Rep. David Valadao, House Republicans Urge DACA Fix Before End of Year

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Washington, December 5, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
U.S. Congressman Valadao joined a group of thirty four lawmakers in sending a letter urging Speaker Paul Ryan to put a permanent solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on the Floor of the House of Representatives before the end of the year.
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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) joined a group of thirty four lawmakers in sending a letter urging Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to put a permanent solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the end of the year.

Congressman David G. Valadao stated, “These young people met their obligation coming out of the shadows, passing background checks, paying necessary fees, and enrolling in school or obtaining employment. They deserve to have confidence in what their future holds." He continued, "This is not a partisan issue and Congress must come together to provide a legislative solution so these individuals may continue to live in the only home they know: the United States."

The DACA program is currently set to expire in March 2018, however, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approximately 22,000 DACA individuals were unable to renew their status this year. Without a legislative solution, more than 700,000 young people face an uncertain future in the United States.

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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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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