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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Statement on Bipartisan Senate Bill that Protects Dreamers

Feb 6, 2018
Press Release


February 5, 2018

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Statement on Bipartisan Senate Bill that Protects Dreamers

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement after reports that Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) would introduce the bipartisan Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act in the Senate. Like the House version, the Senate companion provides a permanent, legislative fix for DACA recipients and calls for smart border security measures.

“Democrats and Republicans stand united with the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose deporting Dreamers. This bipartisan step by Senators McCain and Coons exemplifies the commitment of both parties to give and take in order to find a sensible solution that permanently protects Dreamers by Trump’s March 5th deadline.

“Senators McCain and Coons’ fair, bipartisan, targeted legislation would provide Dreamers with certainty and enact common-sense border security measures. This is now the third bipartisan, bicameral plan that would protect Dreamers and it deserves a vote. President Trump, Senator McConnell, and Speaker Ryan cannot complain that they do not have a negotiated bill or that Democrats and Republicans are not willing to work together for a solution. If they do not give Congress a vote on this negotiated bill, then they will have to answer to the nearly 90% of Americans and nearly every Member of Congress who want this legislation to pass.

“There is nothing political or partisan about protecting Dreamers, in fact, there is agreement and bipartisanship because we all recognize the important contributions that these young people are making to our communities and our country. We commend these legislators for working to find a solution to one of our nation’s most pressing issues.”


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.