Hultgren Supports Immigration Legislation to Address DACA and Border Crisis
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today voted for legislation that would have provided legal status for DACA recipients, protected families from separation while undergoing their process for asylum, provided confidence in the security of our border and made changes to our legal immigration system to ensure we have an adequate skilled workforce in the national interest. Rep. Hultgren also supported stand-alone legislation, H.R. 6173 and H.R. 6183, to address issues related to family separation at the border.
He released the following statement:
“While I am disappointed that solutions supported by the President to address a legal status for DACA recipients and increase border security did not gain the necessary votes, I remain committed to finding solutions that can pass the House and be signed into law.
“I was outraged by the unconscionable family separation situation at the border. Our laws against illegal border crossings must be followed, but how we enforce our laws reflects our values as a country. I have cosponsored stand-alone legislation, H.R. 6173, which would keep this from ever happening again. I have also cosponsored H.R. 6183, which would clarify responsibilities between the two agencies involved—the Departments of Health and Human Services, and of Homeland Security—and require the reunification of minors who were separated before the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy was changed via executive order.
“We must find bipartisan solutions to our broader immigration challenges. In order to have a DACA solution that can pass Congress and be signed into law, the American people deserve to have confidence in their immigration laws and border security. Without addressing both issues together, I am afraid we will encourage further lawlessness at the border and be forced to confront another crisis of undocumented immigrants in the future.”