House Republicans Urge Trump to Keep DACA in Place

Last week, a group of centrist House Republicans sent a letter urging President Trump to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place until Congress can pass a more comprehensive immigration reform package, The Hill reported. The letter, made public on Thursday, encourages the administration to focus its immigration enforcement policies on criminals and maintain current protections for young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

"Children brought to the United States at a young age did not have a choice in the matter," the lawmakers wrote. "Such cases require careful and thoughtful analysis about what is in the best interests of our country."

"We strongly support your commitment to deporting those who have broken our laws, and we believe the resources that might be directed towards targeting those with DACA status would be better spent on targeting criminals."

The letter, signed by Reps. Dan Donovan (R-NY), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), David Valadao (R-CA), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), also pointed to one legislative proposal to protect immigrants under the program. The Recognizing America's Children Act, introduced by Rep. Curbelo, would grant provisional status to applicants who were in school, worked continuously or enlisted in the military. All applicants would have to pass rigorous background checks, have no criminal record, could not receive public welfare and would have to submit biometric data.

The bill currently has 18 GOP cosponsors, but has not received any legislative action to date.


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