National Immigration Forum

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House Votes Steer Debate in Wrong Direction

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 5230, a bill that fails to offer a meaningful solution to the humanitarian situation on the Southwest border by focusing funding on enforcement rather than a fair process.

In an effort to muster support for the emergency supplemental, the House of Representatives also is expected to vote today on H.R. 5272, a bill that would restrict Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the two bills the House expects to vote on today:

“By itself, the emergency supplemental bill is woefully inadequate. Rather than meeting children with compassion, it would have us meet them with National Guard troops.

“But when coupled with a vote to restrict DACA, an initiative that enjoys broad, bipartisan support, the whole package is more than inadequate – it’s outrageous.

“This is not the time for petty politics. This is a time for Congress to do its job, take courageous votes and treat vulnerable children fairly while they are here. Then they should return to the conversation on broad immigration reform that would provide long-term solutions and prevent future crises.

“Sadly, nothing currently under consideration in the House comes close to providing the solutions Americans so desperately want and need.”

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