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Cotton Statement on DACA and the RAISE Act

September 6, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and his legislation, the RAISE Act:

"I agree with President Trump's statement yesterday that any legislation to codify DACA must be paired with reform of the green-card system that protects American workers. For 30 years, Americans have rejected repeated attempts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants because they know what will follow: pressure on working-class wages, pressure on public schools, and pressure on welfare dollars. A standalone DACA amnesty will also be rejected if it is not combined with legislative reforms that lessen those consequences and produce lasting gains for all Americans. President Trump yesterday pointed to the RAISE Act-a bill I introduced with Sen. Perdue-as a starting point for negotiations, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to producing a legislative deal that the president can sign."