January 11, 2017

Senator Kamala D. Harris Joins BRIDGE Act to Protect Undocumented Youth from Deportation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) joined U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), today to introduce bipartisan legislation to protect undocumented young people brought to the United States as children should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued under the next Administration. The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which was first introduced in the Senate late last year, would provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to undocumented youth. U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (CO-06) and Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04) are introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

"California has an outsized interest in this issue. It's estimated one in every three DACA recipients live in California -young Dreamers who came here as children, who pose no threats to our country, and who are thriving members of our society as students, aspiring military service members, doctors, and contributors to our economy. I've met them and am committed to ensuring they can continue giving their best to America," Harris said. "Today, I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing the BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill that protects current DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals. I came to the Senate to fight for the best of American ideals, and this legislation will be an important step to do just that. DACA is not a partisan issue; it is smart policy that is good for public safety and national security. It's an issue that touches on respect, justice, dignity, and equality."

U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Carlos L. Curbelo (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Judy Chu (D-CA) are original cosponsors of the House version of the BRIDGE Act.

The BRIDGE Act has broad support from the faith, business, higher-education, civil rights, and immigrant communities. This week, 88 business leaders from around the country sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump and House and Senate leadership asking them to support the BRIDGE Act.

Find out more about the BRIDGE Act here.