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I believe our immigration system is broken and in need of top-to-bottom reform. Our nation’s current laws are lacking in addressing today’s problems and we have an opportunity to find an American solution. 

 

I support providing an earned path to citizenship for those who want it. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the bicameral Joint Committee on Taxation have previously estimated that comprehensive immigration reform could reduce deficits by close to $1 trillion over two decades. Such estimations are rooted in the notion that a legal work force will produce greater tax revenue through new income and payroll taxes.

 

Many undocumented immigrants were brought here as children by their parents, through no fault of their own, have been educated in our schools and know of no other country to call their own. Proposals like my ENLIST Act would allow Dreamers to enlist in the military and gain legal status. I'm also a co-sponsor of the RAC Act, the BRIDGE Act and the DREAM Act.

At the end of the day, bipartisan compromise will be necessary to achieve a long-term legislative solution for Dreamers. That's why Republicans and Democrats recently came together to introduce the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act, which will protect DACA recipients from deportation while implementing new commonsense border security measures through enhanced technology, manpower and physical barriers where necessary. The bill also addresses the immigration court backlog that keeps families in limbo while advancing reforms in Central America to address the factors driving migration to the United States. 

USA Act One-Pagers: English and Spanish

Most recently in March I introduced a bill (H.Res. 774), which would allow the House of Representatives to consider solutions for DACA recipients and Dreamers, border security and broader immigration issues. H.Res. 774 currently has 248 cosponsors and proposes to bring to the House floor the Securing America’s Future Act, the DREAM Act, the USA Act, and an immigration bill of Speaker Paul Ryan’s choosing. Bill sponsors would have the opportunity to amend language prior to debate and, ultimately, a vote. In this vote series, the bill receiving the highest number of votes exceeding 218 would pass the House under a rule known as “queen-of-the-hill.” On May 9, 2018, my colleague Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) filed a discharge petition, which I joined with more than a dozen of my Republican colleagues, to move the measure forward for a vote.

Broader reform must also address the unique labor needs of agriculture – our state’s top economic driver.

I am committed to working across the aisle to find bipartisan solutions that ensure our national security and also fix our broken immigration system.

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