Jeff Flake - U.S. Senator ~ Arizona

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

Will continue 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.

“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. That is why I will be returning here to the Senate floor repeatedly until we pass some kind of solution.  To put it as bluntly as possible, this simply is not something we are allowed to ignore,” said Flake. “We may not have been able to deliver a permanent solution to these problems, but we cannot completely abdicate the responsibility of Congress to solve them. 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 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 once again urge this body to address the critical issues of securing the border and protecting those young immigrants impacted by the uncertain future of the DACA program.

Last week, 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 chose to block this measure.

Let me first say, I understand and sympathize with my colleagues’ concerns.

I too believe these DACA recipients deserve a permanent solution, and I have repeatedly stated my strong preference for such a measure.

But we have tried to find this permanent solution through Republican-led bills, Democrat-led bills, and bipartisan bills.

Yet somehow, each time, we were incapable of finding a compromise that 60 Senators could all agree on.

It is clear we cannot achieve this goal right now, and no one is more disappointed about that fact than me.

I am the first to admit this solution I propose is far from perfect, but it provides a temporary fix to these crucial, critical problems.

It begins the process of improving border security and it ensures DACA recipients will not lose protections and be left to face potential deportation.

These young immigrants, brought here through no fault of their own, cannot wait 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 just too difficult to solve.

That is why, if this measure is blocked again today, I will be returning here to the Senate floor repeatedly until we pass some kind of solution. 

To put it as bluntly as possible, this simply is not something we are allowed to ignore.

I’d like to, once again, thank Senator Heitkamp for joining me as a cosponsor on this bill. She has always been a valuable ally in bipartisan efforts on border security and immigration reform measures.

We may not have been able to deliver a permanent solution to these problems at this time, but we cannot completely abdicate the responsibility of Congress to solve 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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