Congressman David G. Valadao joined with Representatives Hurd, Aguilar, and Denham for a press conference to introduce a commonsense, bipartisan legislative solution for dreamers while simultaneously protecting our nation's border.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) joined with Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23), Pete Aguilar (CA-31) and Jeff Denham (CA-10) for a press conference to introduce a commonsense, bipartisan legislative solution for dreamers while simultaneously protecting our nation's border.
H.R. 4796, the Uniting and Securing America
(USA) Act protects DACA recipients from deportation while implementing new commonsense border security measures through enhanced technology, manpower and physical barriers, where necessary. The bill also addresses the immigration backlog that keeps families in limbo while advancing reforms in Central America to address the factors driving migration to the United States. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 with fifty original cosponsors, including Congressman Valadao.
“With the March deadline quickly approaching, it is more critical than ever that Congress come together to provide a legal path forward for Dreamers. The USA Act is a reasonable, bipartisan solution to ensure these young people may remain in the only home they know, the United States,” said Rep. David G. Valadao.
“After multiple attempts to find a solution, it’s time to narrow our strategy. Our plan offers a permanent legislative solution for children who came here of no fault of their own – while achieving operational control of the border by 2020,” said Rep. Hurd whose district includes over 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, more than any other Member of Congress. “Americans are tired of partisan gridlock. They deserve solutions. This is about Congress doing our job and it proves that R’s and D’s are willing to work together to unite and secure America.”
“For too long, Congress has asked hundreds of thousands of young people to put their lives on hold while we play politics with their futures,” said Rep. Aguilar. “This bill represents a real bipartisan compromise that will provide a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers, and allow for a reasonable approach to securing our border. One of my top priorities is to ensure that these young people can continue the lives they’ve built here, and the USA Act will do just that.”
“The government asked Dreamers to come out of the shadows, and it’s time for Congress to pass legislation that will allow them to truly move forward with their lives. The only way to accomplish this is through compromise that includes border security measures,” said Rep. Denham. “DACA recipients are American in every way possible except on paper. They have paid their fees, passed background checks and are working, pursuing college degrees, or serving in our military to contribute to the greatness of America.”
“Democrats and Republicans stand united with the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose deporting Dreamers. There is nothing political or partisan about protecting Dreamers, in fact there is agreement and bipartisanship because we all recognize the important contributions that these young people are making to our communities and our country. The USA Act is fair, bipartisan, targeted legislation that provides Dreamers with certainty, enacts common sense border security measures, and should be passed without delay,” said Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
“I would like to thank Representatives Hurd and Aguilar for introducing the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act. This is an important step in reinstating the DACA program and ensuring that our borders are made more secure,” said Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28). “As we face another government shutdown, it is clear that we are long overdue in providing a solution for hundreds of thousands of hardworking immigrants across the United States. As someone who lives on the border and understands the border, I am glad to see that the USA Act will also implement necessary commonsense border security measures that will keep our borders and citizens safe. I believe that this bipartisan bill is an important step in addressing concerns regarding immigration, border security, and DACA, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in congress on these key issues.”
The full text of H.R. 4796, the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act can be found online here
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. In 2017, 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. Most recently, Congressman Valadao became one of just five Republicans to cosponsor H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.