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Securing America's Future Act of 2018

Floor Speech

Date: June 21, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LABRADOR. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 4760, the Securing America's Future Act. This bill provides the tools needed to enforce our immigration laws, secure our borders, and begin the process of reforming our legal immigration system while also ensuring a generous protection for DACA recipients.

Enforcement remains the key to our system. Without enforcement, our laws have little effect. This bill targets criminal gangs, dangerous aliens, and the sanctuary policies that allow these public safety threats to thrive.

The bill also provides a permanent solution for DACA recipients. They can apply to receive a 3-year, indefinitely renewable visa so they can live and work in the United States forever, as long as they abide by the laws. This permanent status gives DACA recipients more surety than President Obama's temporary program ever did.

The bill will finally make good on our commitment to grant our growers and other workers a workable agricultural guest worker program. The lack of a reliable source of labor when an American workforce is simply not available is imperiling the future of American agriculture.

The bill's H-2C program will be a true guest worker program that will allow the current agricultural workforce to participate on the same terms and conditions as any other worker around the world. The program is endorsed by the American Farm Bureau. It is a critical part of this bill.

Finally, it closes the loopholes that have allowed fraud to destroy the integrity of our asylum system by raising the credible fear standard and sending a clear message that fraud and frivolity will not be tolerated in the United States.

This is a good bill, and I encourage every Member to support it.

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