A Nebraska Congressman has confidence Congress can reach a balanced compromise on the DACA program.
Congressman Don Bacon says President Trump struck the right compromise, rescinding the program while giving Congress six months to pass immigration reform.
President Obama enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012 through executive order. It provided legal status to those brought into the country illegally as children.
Bacon says Congress needs to fix the immigration system, something it failed to do 10 years ago when a compromise couldn’t get the votes needed.
“It’s going to be a little messy,” Bacon tells Coby Mach, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “Nothing is going to be perfect, but I think that’s as good as we can get if we can do both at the same time.”
Bacon says he declined to support a bill to protect DACA youth, because it didn’t address border security.
“Right now, in the Judiciary Committee, there is an immigration bill, but it’s all security and they asked me for their support and I said, well, we need to balance that off with some compassion for DACA, because none of that was in there,” Bacon says. “I want to be a voice for doing a balanced approach.”
Bacon says he met with about 40 DACA youth recently and says their stories tug at the heart. He says many never remember any other country, but the United States.
Bacon says there needs to be increased visa compliance, stating half of immigrants in the country illegally have overstayed their visas. Bacon says border security needs to be increased and businesses must be required to abide by immigration laws, stating without employer enforcement, immigration reform won’t work.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]