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ROSEN HELPS INTRODUCE NEW BIPARTISAN BILL TO PERMANENTLY PROTECT DREAMERS

January 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after signing on as an original co-sponsor of the United and Securing America (USA) Act, a bipartisan bill introduced this afternoon that would provide a legal pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and help secure our southern border:

“This bipartisan legislation is a commonsense compromise that fulfills the promise of the DREAM Act, while also putting forward reasonable measures to secure our borders,” said Rep. Rosen. “This plan would bring relief and peace of mind to the thousands of skilled, educated, and law-abiding DREAMers who have lived in Nevada since they were children and whose lives are now in limbo. Thousands of DACA recipients have already lost their protected status, and we must put an end to the fear and uncertainty this Administration has created.  This bill will permanently protect the thousands of young DREAMers in Nevada who deserve a path to citizenship, and I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress to join me in supporting this bipartisan, long-term solution.”

“Since the president terminated the DACA program last year, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers have been living in fear with no certainty of what their futures might hold,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar. “We’ve always known that finding a solution to this problem is going to take a real bipartisan effort.  I’m grateful that Representative Rosen was able to join us in that bipartisan effort by cosponsoring the USA Act, and I thank her for her support.”

BACKGROUND: The bipartisan United and Securing America (USA) Act provides DREAMers conditional legal status in the U.S. while they pursue a green card to become legal permanent residents. DREAMers would then have the same opportunity as other green card-holders to become citizens. The legislation also requires the Department of Homeland Security to develop a southern border strategy that outlines what new technologies and devices can be used to achieve situational awareness and operational control of the border; authorizes the creation of new designated points of entry on the border; and requires the appointment of new immigration judges to better handle caseloads. In addition to being an original co-sponsor of the USA Act, Congresswoman Rosen is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan DREAM Act (H.R. 3440) and has signed a discharge petition to force a floor vote in the House. Nationwide, DACA has protected 800,000 individuals who know no home but the U.S. Nevada is home to 13,000 DACA recipients.

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