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AUFC Applauds President Obama for Taking Decisive Executive Action That Will Keep Families Together

As House Republicans Have Let the Senate-Passed Immigration Reform Bill Collect Dust for Over 500 Days,

AUFC Applauds President Obama for Taking Decisive Executive Action That Will Keep Families Together, Begin to Fix Broken Immigration System

 

Woodhouse: “Boehner Knows the Executive Action Would Go Away Tomorrow If He Simply Held a Vote on the Bipartisan Senate Bill” 

 

Washington DC (November 20, 2014) – Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change, issued the following statement in support of the President’s Executive Action taking a major first step towards fixing the broken immigration system :

 

“It’s unacceptable that millions of people who call this country their home have been living in constant fear of being separated from their families. Millions of undocumented workers have lived in the shadows when they could be contributing to the U.S. tax system and even more to the economy. It’s a problem that cannot be put off any longer. And the President deserves praise for bringing stability to these hardworking families’ lives and taking a major first step towards fixing the broken immigration system. Incredibly, House Republicans are still shouting from the hilltops that the President is ‘poisoning the well’ by doing what they have been totally unwilling to do: act on immigration reform.  Speaker Boehner knows the executive order would go away tomorrow if he simply held a vote on the comprehensive immigration reform that passed with strong bipartisan support in the Senate over 500 days ago.  Even Republicans admit it would pass the House.  So who is really ‘poisoning the well’?  Is it a President acting in the public interest in the face of Congressional dysfunction, or a Republican House that’s been more interested in appeasing the anti-immigrant elements of their caucus? 

 

“House Republicans have sat on their hands for 500 plus days, many have threatened to shut down the government again, and some have even threatened to impeach the President if he acted within his legal executive authority on immigration, something every President before him has done since Eisenhower.  Surely these same Republicans believe President Reagan was wrong and didn’t have the authority to defer the deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers when he did.  That’s the sound of crickets.  The well was already brimming with Tea Party poison before the President acted today.”

 

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