A Nebraska Congressman says the immigration problem is much more complex than it is often portrayed.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says there are no easy answers to how Congress might reform the country’s immigration system and resolve complications arising from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
President Donald Trump has moved to end DACA, establish through executive order by President Barack Obama after his administration couldn’t reach a compromise with Congress on immigration.
Fortenberry says DACA shouldn’t be handled only, but must be part of the larger issue of immigration reform. He says any legislation has to have four components if it is to pass Congress: border security, internal enforcement, creating humanitarian conditions, and keeping in mind foreign policy considerations.
“You have to work on those four things at once or you do not have a holistic approach to immigration,” Fortenberry tells reporters. “If you have that going on, which we do in all of those sectors there, then you create the conditions to solve the very difficult dilemmas like children who were brought here against their will.”
Fortenberry says a general sentiment seems to be forming in Congress to accommodate DACA youth, those who grew up in this country after being brought here illegally by their parents.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]