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ROSEN JOINS PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS IN CALLING ON SPEAKER RYAN TO OPEN DEBATE, VOTE ON DACA FIX

February 9, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. --This week, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) and 34 of her Republican and Democratic House colleagues sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to open floor debate and allow a vote on proposals that fix the Trump Administration’s manufactured DACA crisis before the arbitrary deadline of March 5, the date chosen by the Trump Administration to end the DACA program.

“DACA is an important issue in all of our states,” wrote the members of Congress. “And, as we know, the program’s original intent was to protect from deportation eligible children and young adults who were brought to this country through no fault of their own. We have learned through multiple reports that U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has moved to deport many who have been here for years, including some who are now married with children. Many have paid their taxes and have no serious criminal record. Many know no other way of life.”

“Mr. Speaker, we seek your commitment that the House will address the uncertainty of the DACA eligible population in a timely fashion, either separately or as part of a broader package, using an open and inclusive process that allows the House to work its will,” the letter continued.

Read text of the letter here or below.

 

SPANISH

 

 

ROSEN SE UNE AL CAUCUS DE SOLUCIONADORES DE PROBLEMAS EN PEDIRLE UN DEBATE ABIERTO, VOTO AL PRESIDENTE DE LA CÁMARA RYAN SOBRE UNA SOLUCIÓN PARA DACA

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- La semana pasada, la congresista Jacky Rosen (NV-03) y 34 de sus colegas republicanos y demócratas de la Cámara le enviaron una carta al presidente de la Cámara Paul Ryan urgiéndole que abra el pleno de la Cámara a un debate y permita un voto sobre las propuestas que corrigen la crisis fabricada de DACA antes de la fecha límite arbitraria del 5 de marzo, una fecha escogida por la administración de Trump para acabar con el programa de DACA.

 

“DACA es un asunto importante en todos nuestros estados”, escribieron los miembros del Congreso. “Como sabemos, el propósito original del programa era proteger de la deportación a los niños y jóvenes adultos elegibles quienes fueron traídos a este país sin su propia culpa. Hemos aprendido a través de varios reportes que el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos ha actuado a deportar muchos quienes han estado aquí por años, incluso algunos quienes ya están casados y tienen niños. Muchos han pagado sus impuestos y no tienen ningún historial criminal significativo. Muchos no conocen otra forma de vivir”.

 

“Sr. Presidente, le pedimos su compromiso a que la Cámara aborde la incertidumbre de las personas elegibles para DACA de manera oportuna, separadamente o como parte de un paquete comprensivo, a través de un proceso abierto e inclusivo que le permite a la Cámara ejercer su voluntad”, la carta continuó.

 

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LETTER TEXT

 

February 7, 2018

 

The Honorable Paul Ryan

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives

 

The Capitol H-232

 

Washington, DC 20515
 

Dear Mr. Speaker,

The President challenged us last fall to legislate the DACA program rather than relying on Executive Orders to determine its fate. The President has also asked us to address border security.

DACA is an important issue in all of our states. And, as we know, the program’s original intent was to protect from deportation eligible children and young adults who were brought to this country through no fault of their own. We have learned through multiple reports that U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has moved to deport many who have been here for years, including some who are now married with children. Many have paid their taxes and have no serious criminal record. Many know no other way of life.

There are a number of worthy Member proposals that should be properly debated and voted on by the House. Some are bipartisan and would end the uncertainty and distress that some 800,000 DACA recipients are enduring. Others would also address the issue of border security and broader immigration reform issues.

Mr. Speaker, we seek your commitment that the House will address the uncertainty of the DACA eligible population in a timely fashion, either separately or as part of a broader package, using an open and inclusive process that allows the House to work its will.  

Specifically, we seek your commitment that the House will debate and vote on all serious and substantive proposals, particularly those offered on a bipartisan basis, as well as any bill approved by the full Senate. A “Queen of the Hill” rule should be employed that establishes the proposal receiving the most votes as the position of the House.  

We accept the responsibility to reach consensus on a legislative solution to DACA and are determined to resolve this issue. We believe immigration reform should be bipartisan and that only an open process allowing for the best ideas from both sides will demonstrate to the American public that we can find common ground.

 

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