Reichert Urges Swift DACA Legislative Solution

Dec 6, 2017 Issues: Immigration

Washington, DC – Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA), released the following statement after sending a letter to Congressional Leadership, urging the House of Representatives to take up a legislative solution to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before the end of the year.

“I am proud to join with my Republican colleagues to urge swift passage for a permanent legislative fix for the DACA program,” Rep. Reichert said. “It is essential that we find a solution before the end of the year. These children were brought to this great country by no fault of their own. It is not right to punish them for this - it is against the American DNA. This issue transcends politics. It is about these kids and the certainty they need to hope and dream for a brighter future. The clock is ticking. We must act now.”

Rep. Reichert has been a strong advocate for protecting DACA recipients. This year alone, he has cosponsored several pieces of legislation and signed letters urging Congressional Leadership and the Administration to give DACA recipients certainty and the chance to remain in the country they know. Rep. Reichert is a cosponsor of the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which allows individuals who meet the standards of the DACA program to remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation for three years while Congress works toward a more permanent solution. Additionally, he cosponsored the Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act – a proposed solution to the impending deadline that would give DACA participants a chance to earn legal status. Lastly, Rep. Reichert cosponsored the Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act that allows undocumented immigrants who served in the Armed Forces to become lawful permanent residents and apply for citizenship.