Republicans Remind Voters Why They’re the Party of Mass Deportation
Rather Than Vote on a Real Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, House Republicans Just Voted to Tear Families Apart
Washington DC (December 4, 2014) – Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change, issued the following statement condemning House Republicans for passing callous legislation authored by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) that seeks to undo the President’s executive immigration action that, like Reagan’s, was well within his legal authority and that provides opportunity for millions of hardworking, law-abiding people to get in line to work legally, pay taxes, and keep their families together.
“In this one vote, House Republicans sent many clear messages to voters. One, the anti-immigrant elements of their caucus call the shots and they are, and for the foreseeable future will be, the Party of Mass Deportation. Two, they are not concerned about further alienating the fastest growing voting block or thumbing their noses at the business, faith, the law enforcement communities that wants comprehensive reform. Three, they’re not serious about national security by voting to take away the administration’s ability to conduct criminal background checks on undocumented immigrants. Four, they don’t care about the deficit or the economy by voting to make it harder for millions of people to work legally and pay taxes. Finally, they’re simply not interested in governing.”
“For over 520 days, Speaker Boehner has allowed a real comprehensive immigration reform package passed in the Senate with bipartisan support to collect dust. It took over 520 for House Republicans to hold any vote on immigration whatsoever, and it’s pathetic that when they finally did, it was a vote to break the system more. Whenever Boehner is ready to be serious, he knows what he has to do to make the President’s action unnecessary : pass a real comprehensive immigration reform bill.”