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Uncertainty over DACA program? Rep. Pete Aguilar says he has bipartisan solution

By in Press Enterprise on January 11, 2018

By Alejandra Molina

Inland Rep. Pete Aguilar said he and a Republican lawmaker have come up with a bipartisan DACA fix that provides a path to citizenship and addresses border protection concerns — a compromise he feels Congress and the White House can get behind.

This plan is emerging as a federal judge in California on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that has offered deportation relief and work authorization permits to about 800,000 undocumented youth. The decision does not allow new applicants for the program, but allows DACA recipients to renew their permits.

Immigrant rights advocates said the judge’s action offers hope but underscores the need for a permanent solution.

“We can’t keep them waiting any longer,” said Aguilar, D-Redlands.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands.

Aguilar will detail his bill at a press conference Saturday, Jan. 13, at Cal State San Bernardino.

But he is not the only one proposing new immigration legislation.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday, Jan. 10, that his bill would provide $30 billion to build a wall and allow DACA beneficiaries to receive a three-year renewable legal status.

“(The bill) ensures DACA recipients don’t get a special pathway to citizenship,” Goodlatte said.

Aguilar said Tuesday, Jan. 9, that the legislation he crafted with Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, includes border security elements that Republicans have demanded be tacked on to any DACA deal.

The bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to deploy the most effective technology available along the U.S. border to achieve “operational control” by the end of 2020, according to a summary of the bill.

Aguilar said the Homeland Security Department would be required to provide Congress with a mile-by-mile analysis of “what they feel it will take to secure the southern border.”

“They need to […]    

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