Our top priority right now on immigration is working with our Congressional delegation to find a permanent solution for the individuals within the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
We support the efforts of Congressman Will Hurd, Senator John Cornyn, and others seeking to forge a bipartisan, permanent solution to this issue.
Texas is second only to California in its number of individuals registered with the DACA program. There are approximately 234,000 DACA recipients currently in Texas.
These individuals are those we have invested in with our tax dollars (and theirs) to put through our public and higher education systems. They are individuals who are working as employees in Fortune 500 companies and other businesses. They are contributing members of our society.
Beyond DACA, we will surely be engaged with our delegation to support meaningful immigration reform. Broadly, our focus here will be:
• Build an immigration system that allows enough legal immigration to meet employer needs.
• Create the ability for undocumented workers residing in the U.S. to obtain legal status.
• Create a reliable system for employers to quickly verify the legal status of job applicants without burdening employers with higher compliance costs or liability or shifting enforcement obligations from the government to employers.