California State Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) sent the following letter today to the 55 members of the California Congressional Delegation urging them to embrace bi-partisan “Dreamer” legislation:
Unlike many others, I am still optimistic that Congress and the President can someday enact meaningful, bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform that provides strong border security and creates an immigration system which provides legal status so that our friends and neighbors can come out of the shadows. We need compassionate reform that does not break up families and instead helps integrate these hardworking folks into our society and communities.
Until comprehensive reform is enacted, I do believe there is widespread agreement that we need to at least immediately help the “Dreamers.” This group of immigrants were illegally brought to our country as children but who have since been pursuing their education opportunities, serving in the military, working hard to better themselves, obeying our laws and basically being good citizens without the benefit of yet being citizens.
It is my understanding that S.1615, the “Dream Act of 2017” introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), is already receiving widespread, positive reviews across the political spectrum.
I am asking that you review the Graham-Durbin legislation and consider embracing it and working to enact it as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your consideration.
Senator, 14th District