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Rep. Valadao Joins President Castro, Fresno State Dreamers for DACA Discussion

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Fresno, January 24, 2018 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
This afternoon, Congressman David G. Valadao joined with Fresno State President Joseph Castro and students to discuss the DACA program and immigration reform.
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FRESNO - This afternoon, United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) joined with Fresno State President Joseph Castro and students to discuss the DACA program and immigration reform.

"Today, the topic of immigration, specifically, the DACA program is dominating news headlines across the nation, however, this issue is not new to the Central Valley," said Congressman Valadao. He continued, "My Congressional District is home to more than 7,000 DACA recipients. These young people go to work, attend school, pay taxes, and are actively involved in our communities. Like the students I met with today, these individuals are upstanding members of society who give far more than they take. With the deadline approaching, it is more important than ever that Congress comes together to codify the DACA program and allow these young people to continue to live in the United States - the only home they know."

Hosted by President Castro and the Fresno State Dream Center, which falls under the Office of Student Affairs, the meeting included Congressman Valadao, President Castro, Dream Success Center Coordinator Gabriela Encinas, Executive Director of Governmental Relations Larry Salinas and five Fresno State students, who are currently enrolled in the DACA program. During the meeting students shared their personal stories with Congressman Valadao, discussed the benefits of the DACA program to their communities, and examined the legislative process to achieve a legislative solution in Congress.

Following the conclusion of the meeting, President Joseph Castro stated, "We appreciate that Congressman Valadao visited Fresno State to meet with our talented students to learn more about their dreams, plans and challenges they currently face. Our students are part of the next generation of leaders in the Central Valley and beyond. It's important that our elected officials understand the contributions of our Dreamers, the important role they play in our communities and the uncertainty they and their families face on a daily basis."

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. Nearly 12,000 individuals impacted by the program reside in Congressman Valadao's Congressional District.

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 as well as H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017. Most recently, Congressman Valadao cosponsored H.R.4796, the USA Act which works to provide a legislative solution for dreamers while simultaneously protecting our nation's border.

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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