WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 16, 2018) – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement on the ongoing negotiations on DACA and border security efforts.
“I’m disappointed that bipartisan negotiators in the House and Senate haven’t reached an agreement on DACA. Immigration issues are important to people in Eastern Washington, and the best way to find a successful solution is through a bipartisan deal—understanding that neither side will get everything they want. I was pleased when President Trump told Congress to find a solution and was hopeful we could reach that agreement by the end of this week. I’m still hopeful that we can. We have until March 5th, and I will keep pressing my colleagues working on this deal to come to an agreement as soon as possible. To me, that means addressing the same bipartisan issues that negotiators in the House and Senate are working on, including fixing DACA to provide certainty to those who came here at no fault of their own, but also working to strengthen border security efforts through increased border infrastructure and agents, and completing a biometric entry-exit system to ensure that we reduce visa overstays. We must also reform the diversity visa lottery and address chain migration. I support these four bipartisan principles.”
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