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Congressman Ryan Costello

Representing the 6th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Costello Joins Colleagues in Calling for a Legislative Solution on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

November 9, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) today joined 13 of his colleagues in the House to call for legislative action for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“We in Congress need to provide a humane, permanent, and constitutional solution to this issue. It is not something that can just be done by a president. It does require Congress to step up and legislate, and to do so in a way that reflects the best about our country, which is that we are a compassionate people,” Rep. Costello said during the press conference. “We owe it to the American people to demonstrate that we can do this on a bipartisan basis. Candidly, I would add this, let’s not wait until five months and 30 days, let’s do this earlier rather than later, and let’s demonstrate that we can work together and that we’re doing this for the right reasons.”

In September, when President Trump announced the Administration would phase out DACA, Rep. Costello issued the following statement:

"Congress must provide a humane, permanent, and constitutional solution for children who were brought to the United States at no fault of their own and remain here under DACA, a program that was meant to be temporary. While it is clear the Obama Administration abused executive authority in implementing DACA, it is now up to Congress to pass legislation to give these individuals clear standards as to how they may remain domiciled in the United States. We also need to address sanctuary cities, border security, and our visa program as part of immigration reform."