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CHC Opposes GOP Anti-Immigrant Bill

Jun 14, 2018
Press Release
Washington, DC – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges the House to oppose the ‘‘Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018’’:
This bill would hold Dreamer protections hostage for Trump’s purely political and wasteful $25 billion border wall. It would further militarize the border and make devastating changes to the Flores Agreement, which would legislate the policies that are currently separating families at the border by making it more difficult for asylum seekers to legally claim asylum, and make it easier to deport children and jail asylum seekers indefinitely.  It would also make drastic cuts to family-based visas and terminate the diversity visa lottery.
Statement from CHC Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01):
“It is indefensible and immoral that Speaker Ryan and House Republican Leadership continue to derail bipartisan efforts to protect Dreamers. Every time that a bipartisan fix for Dreamers is within reach, the chaotic Republican conference caves to those who aim to exploit Dreamers in order to impose radical changes to our immigration system.
“The provisions in Speaker Ryan’s partisan anti-immigrant bill betray our most fundamental American values. This latest package is a reflection of the xenophobic and nativist agenda of the Trump White House, which prioritizes billions upon billions on a wasteful wall, cuts legal immigration and ends our obligation to protect vulnerable children, mothers and families lawfully seeking asylum. It is the latest example of Republicans putting Trump’s anti-immigrant demands above moral decency, families, Dreamers and the will of the American people.
“House Republican Leadership has done a disservice to the nation by crafting a political dog and pony show with two appalling legislative options - both hyper-partisan and both intended to fail. The antics we are witnessing are why the American people have lost faith that their Representatives can find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s most pressing issues. I will continue fighting for a truly bipartisan compromise that upholds our values and protects children, families and Dreamers.”
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.