Maloney, Faso agree Congress must replace DACA

Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican Rep. John Faso both demand that Congress pass legislation to restore protection for children of illegal immigrants that President Trump will eliminate in six months by rescinding the executive order known as DACA.

Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat, called for a broader immigration reform bill that would spare those so-called dreamers from deportation and “get folks out of the shadows” but also tighten border security, a Republican priority.

“In America we don’t punish children for the sins of their parents,” Maloney said in a statement on Tuesday, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the demise of the Obama-ordered Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “These kids only know life in America, they work hard, they do things the right way, and make a contribution to our country. It is a cruel and stupid idea to ship these children to some country they barely remember and throw away their talents all because their parents did something wrong a long time ago.”

Faso,  a Kinderhook Republican, said in a statement: “I support Congress addressing DACA legislatively and believe that Congress must address this issue within the next six months.  This is why I sent a letter to Speaker Ryan last week urging him to address and protect DACA legislatively.”

Faso pointed out that has co-sponsored two pending bills that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants work visas and a deportation reprieve. One’s a bipartisan bill – HR 496 – that would grant a three-year reprieve to dreamers who were younger than 16 when their parents brought them here and meet other conditions. The other – HR 1468 – is an all-Republican bill that would grant a five-year “conditional permanent resident” status to dreamers who satisfy another set of criteria.

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