Lipinski Helps Lead Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus to Commonsense Agreement on DACA

Today, the 48-member bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus announced that it is endorsing a plan which Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) helped negotiate to provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and other immigrants brought to this country as children.  The plan also helps increase border security and makes some bipartisan changes to immigration policy.  In addition, the caucus is supporting a long-term, fiscally-responsible budget agreement that provides more funding for domestic priorities and defense.  This endorsement by the Problem Solvers Caucus could help lead the way in the House for bipartisan passage of legislation for Dreamers and an end to the threat of another government shutdown.   

“Extremists on both sides continue to put politics over people, preferring partisanship over problem solving, resulting in gridlock,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “Having worked for five months to develop a bipartisan solution for DACA, I know how difficult it is to overcome this status quo.  But this commonsense compromise would finally do what the American people want: give a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers while increasing border security, and produce an agreement on spending.  A win for all Americans.”  

The caucus agreement states that any DACA and border security proposal must include an earned pathway to citizenship, the appropriation of $2.714B in border security improvements, the elimination of the Visa Lottery with an allocation shift of the visas currently being utilized, and the enactment of changes to the family reunification/migration program.  

The caucus also supports an overall budget caps deal, which includes a long-term, bipartisan budget agreement that eliminates sequestration cuts for at least two years.