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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Statement on President's DACA Announcement

September 5, 2017
Press Release
Statement on President's DACA Announcement
      DACA was an unconstitutional usurpation of legislative authority by President Obama and President Trump is right to end it, while giving Congress the time it will need to develop law to transition out of it.  I have long maintained that until our borders are secured, discussions over legalizing the residency of illegal immigrants brought to this country as children were premature and would encourage more illegal crossings.  Now that the administration is making progress on restoring border security, it is time for Congress to address this issue.  Reform should incorporate two fundamental policies:
      First, the reform must include measures to restore complete integrity to our legal immigration system.  This includes full funding for construction of the border wall, mandatory use of e-verify for employment with strengthened penalties to employers who violate federal employment law, strengthening penalties for those illegally entering or staying in the country, strong sanctions against local and state sanctuary jurisdictions and implementation of entry/exit monitoring of visa stays.
      Second, DACA must not be made a permanent and open-ended policy, or we will encourage more parents to illegally bring their children to the United States.   DACA should be ended immediately.  Those currently enrolled in the program should be granted legal residency if they have no criminal convictions in their background, if they are not affiliated with criminal gangs and if they have not previously been subject to a deportation order.  DACA residents who wish subsequently to apply for citizenship should not displace the applications of legal immigrants.