(New York, NY) Today the House of Representatives considered amendments to the $39.7 million spending bill for the U.S Department of Homeland Security. In a GOP-led vote meant to obstruct President Obama’s executive actions to provide immigration relief, anti-immigrant measures were passed to eliminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and strip funding from the administrative relief initiative Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
The following is a statement from Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:
“We are extremely disappointed that the House Republican majority has chosen to start a new Congressional session by passing anti-immigrant amendments meant to obstruct measures to fix our broken immigration system. This is an insult to millions of Americans who have called for an end to family separation, and have consistently called upon Congress to come up with actual solutions to better the country’s immigration system.
"The existing DACA program has proved to be enormously successful, allowing hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth the chance to live their lives without fear of deportation, and instead use their skills and talents to strengthen our country. In addition, the expanded DACA program and new DAPA initiative would raise our country’s GDP from $90 billion to $210 billion over the next 10 years.
"Despite these huge benefits, the GOP has chosen hate over reason. The last thing our nation needs is more hateful, unrealistic anti-immigrant political posturing. We call on Congress to stop playing politics with the lives of millions, and find real solutions to our immigration system instead.”
By Tal Kopan, CNN
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