Congressman David Valadao released a video Monday morning urging Congress to pass a clean Dream Act.
He says nearly 48,000 dreamers in his district were affected when the president ended the program back in September.
In a minute and 20 seconds the Congressman explains why lawmakers need to pass the Dream Act 2017 or the Rack Act, both bills he’s co sponsored.
Last week Tulare County Board of Supervisors collectively sent letters to Congressmen Valadao, Nunes and McCarthy urging them to support DACA.
Supervisor Amy Schuklian sees Monday’s video as a small victory.
“It made me feel like there is a lot of progress,” says Shuklian.
Shuklian, a daughter of immigrants herself says she can relate to the plight if DACA recipients.
That’s why she hopes all of the congressmen, not just Valadao jump on board.
“I’m hoping that with him and if we can get Congressman Nunes on board also, again, with a good path for folks towards citizenship,” says Shuklian.
Like Dreamer Giselle Gasca who lives in Shuklian’s county.
Gasca says she’s grateful for Valadao’s verbal support, but says if he really supported dreamers he would sign the discharge petition.
If 218 out of the 435 members in the House of Representatives sign it, it would force Congress to vote on the Dream Act right now.
“It does no good for us that he is co-sponsoring the Dream Act if he is not signing on to the petition that we need in order for it to be brought up for a vote,” says Gasca.
Immigration Activist Santos Garcia says Valadao is up for re-election next year and is using the video as a political stunt.
He says if he really supports dreamers, he’d push for comprehensive immigration reform.
“If we give the dreamers another two or four year lifeline, and you deport their parents, that’s not a solution. We need comprehensive immigration reform to fix the problem,” says Santos.
Gasca along with other dreamers and non-profits will go to Valadao’s Hanford office Thursday morning.
They want him to sign the petition to bring the Dream Act he co-sponsored on the floor for a vote.