December 5, 2017
Leading Latino Conservative Leader Commends Senate Republicans for Introducing Bill to Begin Bipartisan Negotiations on Immigration
Calls on Democrats Not to Play Politics with Dreamers
WASHINGTON – Today Alfonso Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles and former Chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship in the administration of president George W. Bush, released the following statement regarding immigration legislation introduced by Senate Republicans:
I want to commend Senate Republican leaders for putting together a serious proposal to begin bipartisan negotiations on immigration legislation that addresses the challenges at our border and with interior enforcement, but also provides relief to Dreamers. I don’t like all the provisions in this initial framework, but its proponents have been very clear that this plan is not set in stone and that they are open to changes.
I recognize that the only way to get an immigration bill done is if both sides work together to forge an acceptable consensus on the issue. Needless to say, both sides have to be flexible.
I sincerely hope for the good of the nation and for the sake of our Dreamers, that Democrats will accept this offer to negotiate. This is not the time to play politics with the hopes and aspirations of Dreamers.
While I would have liked to see congressional action on immigration before the end of the year, I realize that there is still plenty of time to get an immigration bill done. I am, in fact, hopeful that if Democrats come to the table with Republicans, Congress will be able to pass legislation before the March deadline when the DACA program expires.
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