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Rep. Denham Co-Sponsors DREAM Act

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Washington, September 13, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham today co-sponsored the DREAM Act of 2017, one of several bills currently under consideration in Congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients.

“We must send legislation to the president’s desk to permanently address citizenship status for DACA recipients,” said Rep. Denham. “These young men and women were brought to America by their parents through no fault of their own and know no other country to call home. Congress has to do its job and not allow partisan politics to get in the way of finding a solution to this problem.”

On Sept. 5, the Trump Administration announced that it would end DACA, allowing a six-month window for Congress to pass a legislative solution for program recipients. This action followed a letter sent to the White House on Aug. 22 in which Rep. Denham joined several colleagues in expressing support for the program.

Prior to co-sponsoring the DREAM Act, Rep. Denham re-introduced H.R. 60, the Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act, which is one of the most widely-supported bipartisan bills in the 115th Congress, with over 200 co-sponsors. The ENLIST Act would allow otherwise qualified undocumented immigrants brought to the United States by their parents, through no fault of their own, to enlist in the armed services and earn legal status upon honorable completion of their contracts.

In addition to the ENLIST Act, Denham is an original co-sponsor of the RAC Act, which provides a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, and the BRIDGE Act, which protects DACA recipients from deportation.

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