House Fails to Find Votes for Immigration Bill
July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House leaders indicated earlier this afternoon that they would not hold planned votes on two bills: one to address the humanitarian situation on the Southwest border by focusing funding on enforcement, and a second to restrict Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded:
“Once again, partisanship is dominating the day.
“I’m not surprised it seems the votes aren’t there. These bills are flawed. And children fleeing violence remain political pawns.
“Whether these bills move forward today or not, the House is missing an opportunity to drive a smart, practical and bipartisan solution to an urgent situation.
“Americans recognize that we need a responsible answer to deal humanely with migrant children and families. A broad majority also wants immigration reform. Congress is failing us on both counts.
“The chaos we are all witnessing proves that only a bipartisan solution regarding immigration will move us forward.”