Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Three-dozen Republican lawmakers on Tuesday called on party leaders to help enact a permanent solution for "dreamers" by the end of the year, saying the issue has festered for too long, creating legal and economic uncertainty for young immigrants and the companies that employ them. The 35 members of the House GOP caucus -- 34 representatives and Puerto Rico's nonvoting member -- represent the largest bloc of Republicans to date to publicly voice support for a solution to one of the most emotionally charged elements of the years-long fight over immigration policy. "They are American in every way except their immigration status," the group wrote.
The letter released Tuesday is co-signed by Republicans hailing from districts encompassing immigrant-rich Miami, suburban Philadelphia, New York's Hudson Valley and rural Illinois. They include senior members of the House GOP caucus, among them Joe Barton (Tex.), Fred Upton (Mich.) and Mike Simpson (Idaho), and several from competitive swing districts, including Ryan Costello (Pa.) and Elise Stefanik (N.Y.).
"This is not a threat to leadership," one of the co-signers, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), told reporters, adding later that "we don't want to just pass legislation that would be popular, we want to pass legislation that would be successful."
"We should not be using these young people's lives as political footballs," Newhouse added.
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