March 16, 2016
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) stood up for sensible immigration reform and against the deportation of undocumented immigrants that have children born in the United States. Rep. Peters opposed an anti-immigrant measure that would seek to undo the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program. Earlier this month, Peters registered his support of DAPA with the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas.
“It’s unrealistic and unreasonable to expect that we would deport millions of people who have built lives and raised their families in the United States,” Rep. Peters said. “The majority of Americans and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO support comprehensive immigration reform because it would grow our economy and create jobs. We should do our jobs and fix our broken immigration system.”
Earlier this week, Congressman Peters called on Congress to get to work on immigration reform during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Task Force on Executive Overreach. The Task Force was created by House Republican Leadership to critique the overuse of executive authority, but has largely focused on areas, like immigration reform, where Congress has failed to advance legislation.
Rep. Peters urges his colleagues to do their jobs and pass meaningful immigration reform rather than criticize programs like DACA and DAPA.