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Congressman Ryan Costello

Representing the 6th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Costello and Problem Solvers Caucus Release Bipartisan Framework on Immigration Reform

January 29, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) and members of the Problem Solvers Caucus today released a framework of their principles for addressing immigration reform. The framework includes a 12-year pathway to citizenship for those in the DACA program, plans to support various aspects of border security, and modifications to visa programs.

“The Problem Solvers Caucus proposal, in finding a bipartisan solution for individuals here under DACA, addressing border security, reallocating visas from the Diversity Visa Lottery, and dealing with family reunification and migration is the proper framework from which to establish the contours for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that can pass Congress and be signed into law. These issues are not easy and, understandably, many emotions are involved, but Congress must show responsible and proactive leadership, and I am intent on being part of the solution to this issue,” said Rep. Costello.

Rep. Costello has been outspoken about the need to provide a permanent legislative solution to DACA, and he is a cosponsor of two bills, the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act and the Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act, that would provide clear standards as to how individuals in the DACA program may remain domiciled in the United States. 

The Problem Solvers Caucus bipartisan plan can be found here.


USA Act: Bipartisan legislation that would allow individuals here under DACA to remain permanently, as well as reduce immigrations system backlog, achieve operational control of the border, and foster United States engagement in Central America. Rep. Costello is an original cosponsor.

RAC Act: Legislation that provides several pathways to legalization, including higher education, the Armed Forces, or work authorization. There is a five-year conditional status that is followed by an application for a five-year permanent status. The bill also includes vetting by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Rep. Costello is a cosponsor.

The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group of 48 Members of Congress – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues.