Rep. Valadao Joins President Castro, Fresno State Dreamers for DACA Discussion
This afternoon, Congressman David G. Valadao joined with Fresno State President Joseph Castro and students to discuss the DACA program and immigration reform.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.
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.