Curbelo Discusses Newly-Introduced RAC Act on MSNBC, CNN

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Washington, D.C., March 10, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments
“Eleven Republicans have come together today to file this legislation. We're going to work on getting more Republicans on this bill, and obviously, we want to work with our Democratic colleagues on it as well… let's take advantage of the fact that this topic is on people's minds, that shows like yours are talking about this every day, let's use that momentum to get some good things done.”
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This morning, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) joined MSNBC Live and CNN “New Day” from Capitol Hill to discuss his introduction of the “Recognizing America’s Children Act,” legislation that would provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

View a PDF of the bill here and the press release regarding introduction with statements from original co-sponsors here.

Partial transcripts of the exchanges are available below.

A video is available here, and a broadcast quality video to download is available here.

U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo
MSNBC Live
Washington, D.C
March 10, 2017
https://youtu.be/0-ljBtNcufI


Hallie Jackson: “Let me ask you, staying on the topic of immigration here. In his executive orders that the President has signed, he didn’t do anything about DACA. He doesn’t touch it, essentially. Does that send a signal to you? I know you’ve got this new version of what we know as the DREAM Act that you’ve introduced, walk me through that.”

Representative Carlos Curbelo: “That's actually wonderful news, and also we take the President at his word. On a number of occasions, he's publicly expressed a desire to treat a lot of these young Americans – I call them Americans because these are kids who came to this country three, four, five, six seven years of age, a lot of them don’t speak English, some of them don't even remember their countries of origin because they were so young when they came – he has expressed a desire to take care of them, so to speak, to give them an opportunity to be recognized as America's children.

“So we have filed legislation here that would do exactly that. Eleven Republicans have come together today to file this legislation. We're going to work on getting more Republicans on this bill, and obviously, we want to work with our Democratic colleagues on it as well. I remind people the President came here to the Congress when he spoke to a Joint Session, and called on both parties to work together on immigration reform. I know some people have been frustrated with the tone, with the rhetoric, I include myself in that group, but let's take advantage of the fact that this topic is on people's minds, that shows, like yours are talking about this every day, let's use that momentum to get some good things done.”

Jackson: “So Congressman, have you talked to the White House about this? Because this is shaping up to be potentially a battle inside the West Wing down the road.”

Curbelo: “We have engaged some Administration officials. Secretary Kelly was here on the Hill yesterday. I mentioned to him that this was a topic where Democrats and Republicans could work together and he did express an openness. He does realize the solution has to come from Congress. I think this Administration should learn the lessons from the previous Administration – if we're going to do anything meaningful on immigration, the executive branch cannot act alone. We have to work together here in Congress and figure it out.”

A video is available here, and a broadcast quality video to download is available here.

U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo
CNN “New Day”
Washington, D.C
March 10, 2017
https://youtu.be/_qMIbxk43AY


Representative Carlos Curbelo: “Well, Chris, there's a growing consensus here on the Hill and inside the Republican Party that we really need to take care of these young people who were brought to this country, like you said, involuntarily. They came with their parents. They were brought across the border, or families who may have overstayed their visas. You’ve heard the President say that this group needs to be taken care of. There are many, many Republicans here in the House, and ten of us today are introducing this legislation, that really believe we need to make sure these young people are given a chance to fully incorporate themselves into our society. These are people who are contributing to our economy, working hard. Some of them want to serve in our military; others are at colleges and universities earning degrees. These are America's children, and it's about time that we accept them and that we give them that path to full American citizenship so they can fully participate and enjoy in the American experience.



“Some three-, four-, five-year-old child that was brought across the border did not break any law. Many of these kids only speak English. A lot of them don't even remember their countries of origin because they were so young when they came. So we need to do the right thing. We need to put partisanship aside, just like we need to do in health care, and do right by these young people who in my opinion are already Americans—we just need to recognize it.”

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