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CHC Chair Reaction to Passage of FY 2018 Omnibus

Mar 22, 2018
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement after the FY 2018 omnibus passed the House of Representatives:
“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus could not support a bill that funds Trump’s border wall, bolsters his mass deportation force, and yet does nothing to permanently protect Dreamers. Our opposition to this long-term spending bill should not be a surprise, as the CHC has steadfastly called for this Congress to use every opportunity to pass legislation that gives Dreamers a path to citizenship.
“When the President terminated DACA and challenged Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell to enact a “bill of love” for Dreamers, we worked to craft and support bipartisan legislation to do just that, but our efforts were thwarted every step of the way. By not including a permanent fix for Dreamers in the omnibus, the President and Republicans have prolonged this self-inflicted crisis and have left Dreamers in limbo and at the mercy of a temporary court injunction. We must find a permanent solution to protect hundreds of thousands of young people who contribute billions to our nation’s economy from the threat of deportation.
“While the President and Republicans attempted to significantly plus up border wall and enforcement funding in the omnibus, our Democratic colleagues worked hard to curtail their efforts. The fact remains that Dreamers do not have the permanent protections that honor their contributions to our communities. This President and Republicans must take responsibility for their unwillingness to keep their word to Dreamers and to the millions of Americans who are calling for meaningful action on issues from healthcare to gun reform.
“Dreamers and those of us who stand with them are fighting for the social and economic future of our great nation. If we stay united and take this principled stand, then I have no doubt that we will prevail.”
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.