Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Letter seeking DACA vote includes 5 Pa. House Republicans

Letter seeking DACA vote includes 5 Pa. House Republicans

The letter signing, led by Sac State President Robert Nelsen, was part of a chorus of voices this week demanding legislation that would protect the 800,000 young immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

"It's the federal government's responsibility to establish immigration laws that work for American families while welcoming those wanting to become law-abiding citizens of the United States", he said.

Five House Republicans from Pennsylvania are among almost three-dozen GOP lawmakers asking House Speaker Paul Ryan to hold a vote this month on legislation dealing with the fate of 800,000 people who were brought to the US illegally when they were children.

As the NAE's iMarch for Immigration got underway, Trump's administration continued to seek a DACA deal with Congress by year's end.

This comes three months after President Donald Trump announced his plan to end DACA, an Obama-era immigration policy.

Offering an emotional speech at the letter signing, Nelsen said that California State University, Sacramento is home to more than 1,000 undocumented students.

Democrats and some Republicans have called for approving a solution for those in limbo sooner rather than later, with Tuesday's letter from Republicans stating that "not acting is creating uncertainty and anxiety amongst immigrant communities".

"DACA recipients should not be a political football.

We came to a better place for the American dream".

The latest effort to pass pro-American immigration reforms - such as halving legal immigration down to 500,000 immigrants a year by ending the process of "chain migration" where new immigrants being allowed to bring their foreign relatives to the US - is coupled with an amnesty for DACA illegal aliens. Every day, more and more dreamers are having their DACA status expire.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both said in recent days that they don't consider it urgent legislation. This proposal, as I have told them personally, can not be considered a good faith effort to provide protection for the Dreamers, including those who were enrolled in DACA.

"Listen to the majority of Americans, because this country, the only country I have ever known, is great and a long term solution for us will only make her greater".

Costello said then that Congress should act soon and not wait until the deadline draws near, describing the need for "a humane, permanent and constitutional solution".

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