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Rep. Chu Statement on Bipartisan DACA Fix

January 16, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Today, a bipartisan group of Representatives introduced the USA Act, a bill to provide legal status to Dreamers while providing more resources for border security and immigration courts. The USA Act was written by Reps. Will Hurd (TX-23) and Pete Aguilar (CA-31) and is cosponsored by 40 members, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, including Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27). Rep. Chu and Rep. Aguilar released the following statements:

“I am proud to be a cosponsor of this bipartisan compromise that offers a realistic and humane solution that will end the anguish felt by 800,000 Dreamers and their loved ones,” said Rep. Chu. “This bill, the USA Act, meets a number of goals that both protect Dreamers and our border. This is the kind of narrow compromise that all sides have been calling for, and I hope that Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, and President Trump join us as well. With 122 Dreamers losing their protected status each day, we cannot afford to wait. Immigrants who arrived here as children, earned a degree, and followed the law should qualify for permanent residence. And that is what this bipartisan bill will achieve.”

“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. 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 Chu was able to join us in that bipartisan effort by cosponsoring the USA Act, and I thank her for her support.”