Grassley, Cotton, Ernst, Tillis

Motion to Proceed to the vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Grassley: (4:22 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "As a result of our meetings and conversations with our colleagues, the senators sponsoring this amendment have attempted to develop a simple, commonsense framework that can address everyone's concerns while also providing necessary and critical changes to our nation's immigration laws. So what does our amendment do? Working off the bipartisan, bicameral framework agreed to January 9 at the White House, our amendment has four key pillars. Now, I said bipartisan, bicameral. That's approximately 23 members of Congress that met with the president for an hour and a half to boil down all the issues that can be brought up, and we ended up with these four key pillars."


Senator Cotton: (4:35 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Let's solve this problem by passing a law. And this bill is the one bill that can become a law because it is the one bill that translates the president's framework into actual legislation. It provides legal status and ultimately citizenship for people who were brought here through no fault of their own as minors before the age of accountability. It provides more money and legal authorities to secure our southern border and help our brave immigration agents. It eliminates the useless Diversity Visa Lottery and reallocates those green cards to more productive and worthwhile purposes, and it puts an end to the practice of extended family chain migration allowing an immigrant to bring not just his or her spouse and minor children but parents, siblings, and ultimately grandparent, aunts, uncles, on down the extended family tree."


Senator Ernst: (4:42 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "And all of those that have participated in the discussions on the secure and succeed act. This legislation puts us on the best path forward to provide a permanent solution for our DACA recipients all while strengthening our borders and entry security. Our legislation addresses the unique challenges faced by the DACA population, many of whom were brought to America by their parents through no fault of their own when they were just children. In Iowa and across our nation, DACA recipients are an integral part of our community. They are our neighbors. They are our classmates. And they are our churchgoers."


Senator Tillis: (4:48 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Some 1.8 million will qualify once we ratify this bill and send it to the president's desk. But coupled with this, it's critically important to not make the mistakes of the past. First off, let's not just come out and assume we're going to pass a stand-alone DREAM Act. The reason for that is it's failed every single time it's been attempted. It's failed under a Republican administration, failed under a Democratic administration. It even failed at a time when President Obama was in the White House and there were super majorities of Democrats in the Senate and a majority in the House. So even when not a single Republican vote would be necessary, they were unable to produce a solution. Now this week we have an opportunity to debate one that I think works."