ARLINGTON, Va. – This week, a broad group of coalition leaders united to send a letter to Congress advocating for a solution that gives certainty to Dreamers and provides funds for border security. Below are excerpts from The Hill’s coverage of this effort.
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A diverse group of political and religious organizations is calling for legislators to avoid another partial government shutdown by pairing border security funds with permanent immigration benefits for so-called Dreamers.
In a Monday letter to the conference committee members tasked with crafting a spending deal by Feb. 15, the groups said “there is strong bipartisan support for legislation to provide certainty for the Dreamers – immigrants brought here as children.”
“As you meet to develop solutions before the upcoming spending deadline on February 15th, we urge you to come together and deliver bipartisan legislation that pairs the certainty Dreamers need going forward with funds to enhance border security,” they added.
The groups include Koch network members Libre Initiative, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners; the National Association of Evangelicals; the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities; the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; the conservative-leaning Hispanic Leadership Fund; the Niskanen Center; and immigration advocacy associations FWD.us and the National Immigration Forum.
“Despite our differences on important policy issues, we are joining together now to endorse this approach,” they wrote.
Pro-immigrant groups, especially those who maintain a working relationship with the White House, argue that a border-for-Dreamers bill could resolve the spending standoff that plagued the recent shutdown.