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GOP Senators Issue Statement on the State of DACA Negotiations

January 11, 2018

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt Tabler (202) 224-2353

WASHINGTON - Following claims that a deal has been reached to address the future of DACA, border security and immigration enforcement, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) issued the following statement:

"There has been no deal reached yet on the future of DACA in the Senate. Some of our colleagues have floated a potential plan that, simply put, isn't serious. It is disingenuous to discuss providing status to, potentially, millions of individuals without taking credible steps to truly protect our borders and secure the interior.

"It simply isn't credible to consider any ‘deals' that don't make it easier to apprehend, detain and deport dangerous criminal aliens. We owe the American people better. Any deal that does not address the four pillars we have reiterated- ending chain migration, eliminating the outdated visa lottery, increasing border security, and solving the DACA situation - is no deal at all.

"Further, it's important to establish that there is no deadline on January 19. Anyone who says otherwise creates an artificial deadline that only impedes our ability to create a quality legislative product that serves the interest of the American people and DACA recipients. If our colleagues insist on shutting down the federal government, then they will have to explain to our men and women in uniform, veterans and pensioners why they won't be receiving their benefits."