Jeff Flake - U.S. Senator ~ Arizona

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VIDEO: Flake Continues Attempt to Secure Immediate Passage of Bipartisan “Three-for-Three” DACA Compromise

Will repeat effort until Senate agrees on deal to protect DACA recipients and improve border security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today returned to the Senate floor to request immediate passage of his bipartisan bill to provide a temporary solution for the thousands of DACA recipients facing potential deportation. The “three-for-three” proposal, introduced with U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) on Feb. 27, would extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protections for three years and provide $7.6 billion to fully fund the first three years of the administration’s border security proposal. While Flake’s effort was again blocked through an objection, he vowed to return to the floor frequently until the Senate reaches a DACA deal.

“The president’s decision to send National Guard troops to the border displays his continued interest in border security. This bill would provide significant resources for this effort in exchange for DACA program protections. I am the first to admit this solution is far from perfect, but it offers a temporary fix to these crucial issues and provides all sides of this debate with just enough of what they want. To put it as bluntly as possible, this simply is not something we are allowed to ignore,” said Flake. “There are many people whose lives and well-being depend on our ability to deliver meaningful results.”

For more info on the Flake-Heitkamp bill, click here.

To watch video of Flake’s floor speech, click here.

Background:

  • On March 13, 2018, Flake asked for immediate passage of his “three-for-three” proposal, which was blocked by objection. Read more here.
  • On March 6, 2018, Flake asked for immediate passage of his “three-for-three” proposal, which was blocked by objection. Read more here.
  • On Feb. 19, 2018, Flake published an op-ed on this “three-for-three” proposal. To read it, click here.

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Mr. President, I rise today to fulfill my promise to continue to advocate for a solution that would address the critical issues of securing the border and protecting those young immigrants impacted by the uncertain future of the DACA program.

Last month, I offered legislation to extend the DACA program for three years and provide three years of increased funding for border security. Unfortunately, some of my colleagues have repeatedly chosen to block this measure from coming to the floor.

But, the president’s decision to send National Guard troops to the border displays a continued interest in securing the border.

This bill would provide significant resources to do just that. I am the first to admit this solution is far from perfect, but it provides a temporary fix to these critical problems and will provide all sides of this debate with just enough of what they want. It is a compromise.

It would begin the process of funding the president’s plan to improve border security and would ensure DACA recipients will not lose protections and be left to face possible deportation.

These young immigrants, brought here through no fault of their own, have waited long enough for these protections.

Likewise, border communities, like those in my home state of Arizona, cannot wait for increased security along the southern border.

As I have said before, we in Congress have too regularly confused action with results and have become entirely too comfortable ignoring problems when they seem too difficult to actually solve.

We may not have not been able to deliver a permanent solution to these problems, but we now have an opportunity to offer some action on them.

There are many people whose lives and well-being depend on our ability to deliver meaningful results.

Therefore, Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar number 300, H.R. 1551. I further ask that the Flake substitute amendment at the desk be considered and agreed to, the bill as amended be considered, read a third time, and passed, and that the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table.

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