Arizona Dreamers graduate from our schools, contribute to our economy, and enlist in our military to serve our nation. They are contributing members of our communities and deserve a chance to become citizens of the only country they have ever known. Letting good, hardworking people, who are American in all but name, live in fear or get deported is immoral and hurts Arizona in many ways. This situation should have been resolved long ago, and using these young people who want nothing more than to work hard and seek the opportunity that brought many of our relatives to this country is politics at its worst.
That’s why I’m part of a bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats using commonsense and finding common ground. We introduced the USA Act, which protects Dreamers and funds effective and efficient border security technologies that keep our communities safe.
Unfortunately, many politicians in Congress would have you believe that we have to choose between fairness for Dreamers and protecting the border. The fact is we can — and need to — do both.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress have agreed upon a deal, and I urge congressional leadership to prioritize this issue and pass DACA legislation as soon as possible.
Republicans and Democrats want to find a way forward. We want to protect Dreamers so they can stay with their families and contribute in the only country they’ve called home. We want to deploy border security technologies that work and keep the drug smugglers, gunrunners, human traffickers and other criminals out. We want to provide funding for a strong national defense that keeps our country secure and Arizona families safe, and make smart investments in veterans care, education, infrastructure, and research that creates opportunity and grows our economy.
These are the values Arizonans share and the values I’m fighting for. Washington politicians who put political gain over American progress and the pursuit of the American dream need to get out of the way.