Photo: Congress Woman Lucille Roybal-Allard
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), an original co-author of the DREAM Act, strongly criticized a House Republican amendment aimed at undermining the Obama Administration’s efforts to prevent the deportation of young people brought to this country as children, as well as other immigrants with deep ties to our country. The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), would waste $5 million to mount a pointless Justice Department investigation of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and prosecutorial discretion initiatives. These thoughtful immigration policies have enabled hundreds of thousands of DREAMers to live, work, and study legally in the United States, and have helped to shift the focus of our immigration enforcement efforts from families to felons.
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard made the following statement: “This amendment represents a reckless attack on the DREAMers – young people who love this country and are Americans in every way, except on paper. Today’s shameful vote demonstrates that the House Republican Conference still isn’t serious about tackling immigration reform. Instead of voting on cruel amendments intended to demonize our immigrant communities, we should be voting on comprehensive immigration reform that will empower immigrants and help to grow our economy.
“The King Amendment isn’t just mean-spirited, it’s nonsensical. Every law enforcement agency in the country exercises discretion and our immigration authorities should be no different. It would be irresponsible to preclude U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from effectively prioritizing its scarce resources, especially in the current fiscal climate. Sadly, it appears that is what Congressman King is trying to achieve with this amendment,” stated Congresswoman Roybal-Allard.