Faso Supports Young People Achieving the American Dream

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Washington, D.C., April 10, 2017 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-NY) recently cosponsored H.R. 496, the Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act. This legislation would protect from deportation those brought illegally to the United States as children and allow them to seek employment. Congressman Faso issued the following statement in support of the BRIDGE Act:

“Children should not be punished for an action taken years ago, over which they had no say. I’m joining colleagues from both sides of the aisle to support legislation that will permit undocumented young people to live, work, and study in the United States without the threat of deportation or being denied work authorizations that allow them to contribute to our communities and economy. By applying common sense to immigration law, the BRIDGE Act would allow US officials to focus more time and resources on strengthening our borders and modernizing the visa application and review process, two critical elements of immigration reform.”

“The BRIDGE Act is a bipartisan solution that addresses a humanitarian and economic crisis,” said Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA). “These undocumented young people contribute so much to the communities in which they have lived for most of their lives. They deserve the opportunity to study, work, and continue to live in the United States. It is time for bipartisan immigration reform, and this legislation is the first step to achieve that goal.”

"The BRIDGE Act is only a first step in the long process of permanently reforming and strengthening our immigration laws,” said Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO). "I am glad to have Rep. Faso join us in this legislative effort and I look forward to working with him and our other colleagues in getting this legislation to the floor for a vote."

The legislation's primary cosponsor is Representative Mike Coffman and is currently cosponsored by 12 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

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