Despite not receiving adequate votes to pass, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, who represents Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, voted in support of legislation that would have provided legal status for DACA recipients, protected families from separation while undergoing their process for asylum and addressed border security.
“While I am disappointed that solutions supported by the president to address a legal status for DACA recipients and increase border security did not gain the necessary votes, I remain committed to finding solutions that can pass the House and be signed into law,” Hultgren said in a statement.
“I was outraged by the unconscionable family separation situation at the border. Our laws against illegal border crossings must be followed, but how we enforce our laws reflects our values as a country.”
He co-sponsored stand-alone legislation, H.R. 6173, which would keep family separations from happening, and H.R. 6183, which would clarify responsibilities between the two agencies involved – the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security – and require the reunification of minors who were separated before the “zero-tolerance” policy was changed.
“We must find bipartisan solutions to our broader immigration challenges,” the statement said. “In order to have a DACA solution that can pass Congress and be signed into law, the American people deserve to have confidence in their immigration laws and border security. Without addressing both issues together, I am afraid we will encourage further lawlessness at the border and be forced to confront another crisis of undocumented immigrants in the future.”
The 14th Congressional District covers most of McHenry County excluding Algonquin, Cary, Lake in the Hills and parts of Crystal Lake.