Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) said he will insert a statement into the Congressional Record Tuesday calling for deportation relief for the immediate relatives of U.S citizens, legal permanent residents and DREAM Act-eligible students.

He was also scheduled to speak on the House floor regarding what he termed the “devastating impact” that deportations have on families and communities.

“As we continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform, we cannot ignore the fact that families and communities are being torn apart on a daily basis,” he said in a statement.

“The impact of watching a parent, sibling or child being ripped away from the family unit is crushing and causes untold damage. We must restore judicial discretion and expand deferred action guidelines to provide deportation relief to immigrants who have done nothing wrong but seek a better life for their children, their families, and themselves.”

Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional district, which includes the southern portion of San Diego County and all of Imperial County. Vargas is currently serving his first term in Congress.

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