Schrader: House DHS Proposal Irresponsible, Dead On Arrival

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Washington, January 14, 2015 | Richard Carbo (202-225-5711) | comments
U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) today voted against a plan from House Republicans that ties funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with proposals to reverse actions taken by President Barack Obama to fix our broken immigration system.
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) today voted against a plan from House Republicans that ties funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with proposals to reverse actions taken by President Barack Obama to fix our broken immigration system.  The measure passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 236-191, but has no chance of being signed into law. 

“House Republicans have let the most partisan wing of their caucus dictate an extreme agenda that has absolutely no chance of becoming law,” said Congressman Schrader.  “With so much unrest in the world, it is unimaginable that they would waste an entire week debating a bill that jeopardizes funding for an agency so critical to our national security.  This isn’t the place for Congress to debate immigration policy.

“Given our current budget constraints, attempts at reversing the President’s efforts to prioritize deportations for felons and people who entered this country illegally would be counterproductive,” Congressman Schrader continued.  If our Republican colleagues are interested having a conversation regarding our broken immigration system, it’s time to stop blocking all attempts to debate the comprehensive immigration reform our country needs.  Immigration reform is good for the country, it’s good for our economy, and it’s good for Oregon.”

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