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CHC Chair Reaction to Republicans' Failure to Sign Discharge Petition

Jun 12, 2018
Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement after the House of Representatives reached 216 of the 218 signatures needed to discharge a petition that would have forced a debate and vote on DACA legislation:
 
“I am deeply disappointed in Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Whip Scalise for derailing a legislative process that would have given the American public a debate and vote on legislation that addresses DACA. Instead of standing courageously with a bipartisan group of 216 Representatives, they cowered to the hyper-partisanship that has broken Congress and failed to deliver solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. Despite this setback, we remain committed to fighting for a solution that protects Dreamers.
 
“Because of House Republican Leadership’s reckless and political actions, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers continue to live in an avoidable and cruel limbo. Businesses, universities, and schools face the uncertainty of not knowing whether their employees or students will be protected from deportation. The fact is that not having a solution that protects Dreamers affects every cross-section of American society.
 
“I thank the 216 Members who supported this effort, especially the 23 Republicans who stood up to their leadership. The American people want Dreamers to have a path to citizenship without draconian cuts to legal immigration or radical changes to our immigration system. House Republicans must stop impeding progress and start letting the will of the American people guide their actions.”
 
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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