IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Curbelo: They Doubled Down on a Failed, Broken, Inefficient, Unfair, Cruel Immigration System [ENGLISH & ESPAÑOL]

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Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Yesterday, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), the leader of a bipartisan discharge petition effort that has pressured House Republican Leadership to come to the table and negotiate H.R.6136 – The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018, joined with other supporters of the bill following the vote on the House Floor.

 “This bill would have secured the border,” Curbelo said. “This bill would have provided certainty – secured a future – for approximately two million young immigrants brought to our country as children – the victims of a broken immigration system. This bill would have closed a number of loopholes that are exploited by human traffickers and drug traffickers. But a minority of Republicans joined every Democrat to vote for the status quo. A lot of members of this House who for years have been talking about DREAMer’s, and about helping DREAMer’s, decided today that they prefer the politics – the petty politics – of immigration instead of the solutions for immigration.”

Back in May, Curbelo led a group of Republican lawmakers to introduce a discharge petition to force a series of floor votes on four bills related to DACA solutions, immigration, and border security. The discharge successfully pressured Republican Leadership to facilitate negotiations on immigration, for the first time in 20 years, that resulted in H.R. 6136. The bill would have improved border security, guaranteed a future in our country for young immigrants eligible for the DACA and DALCA populations, closed loopholes that are exploited by drug and human traffickers, and permanently ended the policy of separating children from their parents at the border while awaiting court processing.

A partial transcript of his remarks is available below. Video of the full remarks in English and in Spanish is available here.

  

 Curbelo: They Doubled Down on a Failed, Broken, Inefficient, Unfair, Cruel Immigration System
C-SPAN

U.S. House of Representatives
June 27, 2018
https://youtu.be/KhH9-rrmfNU

 “I thank my colleague and all of my colleagues for all of their work over the last few weeks on this important endeavor. What we witnessed today was a minority of Republicans joining every Democrat in the House to double down on a failed, broken, inefficient, unfair and at times, cruel immigration system.

 “As Jeff Denham said, this bill would have secured the border. This bill would have provided certainty – secured a future – for approximately two million young immigrants brought to our country as children – the victims of a broken immigration system. This bill would have closed a number of loopholes that are exploited by human traffickers and drug traffickers. But a minority of Republicans joined every Democrat to vote for the status quo. A lot of members of this House who for years have been talking about DREAMer’s, and about helping DREAMer’s, decided today that they prefer the politics – the petty politics – of immigration instead of the solutions for immigration.

“Now, despite this set back we will continue working with Republicans, with Democrats, with anyone who is sincerely interested in solving this problem, and this is not only an immigration problem. If our country's politics are going to start healing, we need to solve the immigration issue, because it is an issue that is tearing this country apart every day.

 

 “Something else that this legislation would have done – that we believe is of interest to every member of this House – is to end forever the possibility that young children would be separated from their parents at the border. The same coalition that defeated this legislation also refused to vote in favor of ending that policy.”

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