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California Republican Calls for National Immigration Reform Movement

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Washington, September 8, 2017 | By Bert Johnson and Thuy Vu, KQED | comments

California Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) said that he supports legislation that would offer a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA recipients. He announced his support following President Trump’s announcement that he was cancelling the Obama-era executive order that gave work permits and deportation protection to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

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“We’ve never held kids accountable for laws that have been broken by their parents,” he insisted. “I believe that we’ve got to get this done. We’ve got to get it done now.”

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Denham, an Air Force veteran, is the author of the ENLIST Bill, which would offer a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers who volunteer for the U.S. military. His proposed legislation, which he claims has wide bipartisan support in the House, is one of a handful of immigration reform bills being considered in the House or Senate.

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“While it’s a big, important issue in my district [and] it’s a big issue for California, this is a national issue that all states should be involved in,” he explained.

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