Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) yesterday introduced the bipartisan USA Act, which strengthens border security and creates an earned pathway to citizenship for America’s Dreamers. The legislation would provide certainty and clarity to hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and their loved ones who worry every day whether they’ll be able to continue living, working and serving their communities in the only country they know as home.
The bipartisan USA Act has the support of 50 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.
Since September 5, more than 16,000 Dreamers have lost work authorization and deportation protections. Without congressional action, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers will fall out of status this year, placing them at immediate risk of deportation from the only country they know as home. Dreamers have shown incredible courage and love for their country each and every day, despite not knowing whether they will have permission to continue contributing in the near future. Congress must do right by them in January.
Below please find quotes from lawmakers on the new bipartisan USA Act:
Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX): “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. 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.”
Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-CA): “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. 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.”
Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA): “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. 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.”
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM): “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.”
Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT): “I’m proud of the work we’ve done on this important cause. The USA Act represents a strong bipartisan compromise that would provide a lasting fix for DACA recipients as well as enhanced border security. Congress has kicked the can to the end of the road, and the American people want action. This is the right way forward, and I hope to see it used as the starting point as a final product begins to take form in the coming days.”
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX): “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.”
Congressman David Valadao (R-CA): “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.”