Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Pete Aguilar, D-California, praised Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Chris Coons, D-Delaware, for introducing the bipartisan Uniting and Securing America Act in the Senate.
Like the House version, the Senate companion provides a permanent, legislative fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients and calls for smart border security measures to gain operational control of our borders by 2020. The act is also a vehicle that will allow Congress to finally vote on long-term appropriations for our military and Department of Homeland Security.
“Our plan offers a permanent legislative solution for children who came here of no fault of their own — while achieving operational control of the border by 2020 — two things we all can agree on. I am pleased that Sens. McCain and Coons are working together to introduce this legislation in the Senate so we can solve this increasingly urgent issue.” said Hurd. “Americans are tired of partisan gridlock. They deserve solutions. This is about Congress doing our job and it proves that Republicans and Democrats in both Chambers of Congress are willing to work together to unite and secure America.”
“Hundreds of thousands of young people are waiting for answers about their futures while Congress continues to talk rather than act. Now is the time to work across party lines to provide certainty to Dreamers,” said Aguilar. “The USA Act is a targeted approach that can pass the House and Senate today. I’m grateful to Sens. McCain and Coons for their leadership on this issue and for introducing the Senate companion to the USA Act.”