WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, yesterday co-sponsored a measure to protect so-called “dreamers” from being deported in the wake of President Trump’s executive order on immigration.
“Dreamers” are foreign national children brought illegally into the U.S. by family members.
Newhouse co-sponsored House Resolution 496, the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy Act. If approved by the House and Senate, and signed by President Trump, the measure would provide temporary relief from deportation and provide work authorization to youth illegally in the U.S.
“From our founding, America has been a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws,” Newhouse said. “Our own communities in Central Washington are a testament to the contributions of immigrants to the fabric of American society.”
Newhouse said its the responsibility of Congress to write laws that provide a “humane solution” to illegal immigration.
“I am proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect children brought here through no fault of their own,” he said.
Newhouse was joined by Reps. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado; and Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Illinois; in sponsoring the measure.
House Resolution 496 comes only days after the president issued an executive order directing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to uphold existing immigration laws and begin working on deporting illegal aliens post haste.
The measure also comes as Newhouse’s home city, Sunnyside, and home county, Yakima, take steps to remove themselves from the list of sanctuary jurisdictions allegedly interfering with deportations.