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CHC ON HOUSE GOP SUPPLEMENTAL BILL & "NO NEW DREAMers ACT"

Aug 1, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) released the following statement on House GOP proposals to address the humanitarian crisis on the southwest border - the supplemental funding bill and the "No New DREAMers Act."

"Throughout this crisis House Republicans have exploited Central American refugee children for their political gain, but today marks a new low. This evening House Republicans once again chose politics over governing. From suing the President to voting to end DACA, the GOP has become the party of the extreme right and they will be held accountable for their actions.  The American people will continue to suffer as long as House Republicans continue to obstruct votes on critical legislation. We are seeing that when House Republicans do allow votes, it is on legislation that is anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, and anti-productive to the well-being of our country.

"The House GOP supplemental funding bill - H.R. 5230, the Supplemental Appropriations Related to the Humanitarian Crisis at the Southwest Border - completely fails to adequately provide the needed resources to deal with the humanitarian crisis at our southern border.  The bill militarizes the border by sending the National Guard and fails to provide assistance to Central American countries to deal with the root causes of this situation.  Most significantly, the bill would amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), which would diminish protections for vulnerable children.

"H.R. 5272, the 'No New DREAMers Act' is nothing but a direct attack on the Latino and immigrant community.  The name of the bill says it all.  Instead of reforming our nation's immigration system, House Republicans want to end DACA.  They want to deport the parents of DREAMers and U.S. citizen children.

"I am proud of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' leadership and the work the CHC has done and continues to do.  The CHC will not rest until Republicans stop their attacks and show willingness to put politics aside.  We will not stop until comprehensive immigration reform becomes reality, which is what our country has so urgently needed all along.  Enough is enough.  From attacks on young boys and girls to DREAMers, House Republicans continue to show their true colors when it comes to America's Latino community."