WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., led a press conference with 13 Republican House representatives Nov. 9 urging fellow members to support ongoing negotiations by House Republican leaders for legislative solution for DACA beneficiaries before the end of the year.
“We need a solution to get 218 House votes, 60 votes in the Senate, or there is no deal,” Newhouse said. “No bill is going to be perfect but inaction is just not acceptable.”
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival is a two-year renewable deferral of deportation with work authorization granted to children of illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. under 15 years of age. It was granted by executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012.
Calling the order “unconstitutional,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sept. 5 that the program will end March 5.
Tom Roach, a Pasco, Wash., immigration attorney who has helped 440 people get DACA deferrals, has estimated that 5 to 10 percent of the 800,000 people benefiting from DACA work in agriculture.
— Dan Wheat