Rep. Valadao and colleagues send president letter, urging support for DACA

Rep. David Valadao speaks with Eyewitness News in an August 2017 file photo. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Valley Rep. David Valadao, a Republican, has urged President Donald Trump to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA offers protection from removal for young students and veterans who grew up in the United States if they register with the federal government, pay a fee and pass a criminal background check.

Valadao and five colleagues sent the president a letter this week. Valadao also issued a statement through his office about his views on DACA:

“It is clear our immigration system is in desperate need of reform and it is imperative Congress act to correct its severe shortcomings immediately. However, targeting individuals who were brought to America as children through no fault of their own is neither the way to repair our broken system nor the way to protect our nation. Instead, by temporarily maintaining the protections of the DACA program, Congress can continue our work to repair our system, while allowing these young people to work and study without fear of deportation.”

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