Bennet, Colleagues Ask DHS Nominee to Clarify Stance on DACA, Dream Act, & TPS

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with 19 colleagues, today sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen, calling on her to answer several immigration-related questions prior to consideration of her nomination by the full Senate.

During her confirmation hearing, when asked whether she agrees that legislation must be passed to protect Dreamers by the end of this calendar year, Nielsen stated, "I believe that we must, and we owe it to them to find a permanent solution. It's no way to expect anyone to live, a month or two months at a time."

In the letter, the senators asked Nielson about her support for the Dream Act, among other issues related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs.

"We believe that prompt passage of the bipartisan, bicameral Dream Act this calendar year would provide the solution that you have recognized is needed," the senators wrote. "However, your role in advancing legislation as a senior White House official and as DHS Secretary, if you are confirmed, goes beyond providing technical assistance to Congress. Will you take this opportunity to urge Congress to promptly pass the Dream Act?"

A copy of the letter is available HERE.