WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after the Senate failed to pass legislation that would resolve the status for DACA-eligible individuals while strengthening border security and enforcement measures to reduce illegal immigration:
“For months, Congress has been working very hard to try to help individuals who were brought here as minors through no fault of their own.
We all want to resolve the status of DACA beneficiaries with a long-term fix that ensures we are not right back in this situation again. That solution must address chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program, while providing our nation with desperately-needed, commonsense border security.
President Trump presented a thoughtful framework to accomplish these shared goals and Senator Grassley’s amendment, which I supported, turned that framework into legislation that could become law. Given our mutual goals, it should have passed the Senate in a bipartisan manner. I am disappointed that it did not.”