Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today issued the following statement on the administration of President Donald Trump working with Florida and South Carolina Senators on comprehensive immigration reform:
I am encouraged that the Trump Administration and the U.S. Senate are working together to resolve our immigration crisis through consensus legislative action, not executive fiat or alarmist rhetoric. Hardcore criminals should rightly be the focus of deportations, not hard-working families and students.
Vidak pointed to media reports regarding Tuesday’s statements from the president’s chief of staff and White House spokesperson, as well as from United States Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina):
“White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also made clear that Trump has no immediate plans to deport the youngsters, but would instead work with Congress on a workable solution. ‘I think we're going to work with the House and Senate leadership, as well as to get a long-term solution on that issue,’ Priebus said.”
“At his press briefing Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated that deportation of Dreamers will not be a priority. ‘The focus is going to be on people who have done harm to our country,’ he said.”
“Ultimately the executive order (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is unconstitutional and has to be replaced, ideally by a legislative measure that happens in conjunction with some other measures that ensure that our immigration laws are being enforced and we never find ourselves in this position again,’ Rubio told reporters Monday. Rubio doesn’t think the Dreamers should be deported, citing ‘broad consensus’ they should stay, having been brought as children illegally by adults.”
“Graham believes DACA is unconstitutional and supports a repeal. But he also said, ‘I do not believe we should pull the rug out and push these young men and women — who came out of the shadows and registered with the federal government — back into the darkness.’"
Vidak authored Senate Joint Resolution 2 in 2015 calling on then-President Obama and Congress to work together on comprehensive immigration reform. SJR 2 was approved by both the Senate and Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. Vidak recently introduced an identical resolution (SJR 1), which has been bottled up in the Senate Rules Committee since December 5, 2016 under orders from Democrat Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León.