Curbelo Recognizes Immigrant Heritage Month, With Reflection on Immigration Debate
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 for immigration negotiations, reflected on Immigrant Heritage Month on the floor of the House of Representatives.
“Mr. Speaker, Saturday marks the end of Immigrant Heritage Month, an annual tradition dedicated to celebrating the contributions immigrants have made to communities all across the country. Our nation was founded by immigrants. The very existence of our entire democracy, this institution is the result of compromise and consensus by the descendants of immigrants, and today our nation continues to owe a great debt of gratitude to the contributions of more recent arrivals who are an essential part of daily life, our economy, and our society.”
“I had hoped we would be able to close out this celebration with the news for the first time in a long time Congress had come together to fix our broken, inefficient, unfair immigration system. Instead, a bipartisan majority decided to double down on the status quo, porous border, uncertainty for the victims of a broken immigration system, and continued division between Americans over the issue of immigration. Despite this setback, I am hopeful that working with any colleague that is willing to do so in this house, I and other members can find a solution to this broken immigration system, and in doing so, help heal our country's politics. I yield back.”
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 to young DACA-eligible populations and the children of legal non-immigrants, closed legal loopholes exploited by drug and human traffickers, and permanently ended the policy of separating families caught illegally entering at the border.