Fortenberry Statement on DACA and Immigration

Jan 24, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry today provided the following statement on Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and immigration:

"It’s time to fix a number of serious immigration problems facing our country. While immigration is complex and multi-layered, any policy initiative must be guided by the principles of security, fairness, and generosity.

"Many Americans recognize the dilemma faced by Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals. An appropriate accommodation of their needs should be coupled with addressing the conditions that created this problem, so it does not happen again. 

"To this end, I am sponsoring The Securing America’s Future Act. This bill addresses our illegal immigration crisis in four ways. First, it secures the borders. Second, it changes immigration programs—such as ending the Visa Lottery Program and reforming chain migration—that are unjust, unworkable, or in need of significant repair. Third, it requires E-Verify for employment. Finally, it provides legal status for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, if they have not committed a crime.

“In addition, we continue to re-orient our foreign aid around creating safer, more prosperous conditions in dangerous, impoverished regions, including parts of Central America, Central Africa, and the Middle East. Such regeneration will empower persons to remain in their homelands. Integrating this shift with this type of immigration repair will fix our broken system for all our citizens and future immigrant Americans.”

Congressman Fortenberry is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations.