On Thursday the U.S. House is expected to vote on two pieces of legislation related to immigration. The League of Women Voters needs your help to stop HR. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act of 2018, sponsored by Congressman Goodlatte, and also stop the Ryan compromise legislation. Neither of these pieces of legislation advance our country’s immigration system, protect Dreamers or preserve families. TAKE ACTION NOW
Yet again, the House is missing another opportunity to pass the bipartisan Dream Act in favor of highly partisan measures. Congress continues to put hundreds of thousands of young immigrants at risk in order to move legislation forward that dismantles our immigration system. It should be a priority to protect the hundreds of thousands of dreamers who pay taxes, contribute to social security, and who are Americans in everything but name. By allowing a vote on two politically motivated pieces of legislation, the U.S. House is proving once again that they are standing in the way of finding a solution to protect young immigrant people.
Standing with Dreamers means standing with the children that are being ripped from their parents’ arms and put in detention. It means standing against increased enforcement aimed at criminalizing immigrants. It means being proactive in seeking oversight of rogue DHS agencies, and looking for solutions that protect our families. The current practice of separating families at our borders violates our human rights and moral responsibilities.
It is the duty and responsibility of this Congress to act swiftly and end the practice of separating families at our U.S. borders.
Moving the Ryan and Goodlatte bills forward is not in our national interest. As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity. The proposals in front of the U.S. House are bad for our country. Neither will provide a permanent fix for DACA recipients, preserve our families or maintain reasonable border security.
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Immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet economic, business and employment needs; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises.