For Immediate Release
February 7, 2018
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STATEMENT: Mi Familia Vota Urges House and Senate to Reject Budget Deal Without DREAM Act
“This is a big decision day for Congress; defining whether members will be heroes or scared politicians.”
WASHINGTON, DC — Congress is poised to vote on a federal budget deal without any guarantee that the DREAM Act will ever get a vote in the House and Senate. This shameful decision deepens the crisis facing almost 700,000 DACA permit holders who will lose protection from deportation and work permits on March 5, the date President Trump arbitrarily set as the expiration date when he ended DACA last September. In the intervening months, more than 1,000 DACA permits have expired each day, on average.
The following is a statement by Ben Monterroso, Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota:
“This is a big decision day for Congress; defining whether members will be heroes or scared politicians. The heroes will be those who stand up for what is right and keep their commitments to Dreamers by demanding a vote on the DREAM Act as part of the budget deal. The scared politicians are those who cave in to the anti-immigrant president and his submissive Republicans who control Congress and are determined to block the DREAM Act that has strong bipartisan support in the House and Senate.
“The DREAM Act needs to be tied to the must-pass budget deal to ensure it gets a vote. Under the proposals to be voted on today, the DREAM Act is not included and there is NO assurance it will get a vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer have agreed to an open floor debate and amendment process on immigration, but there is no guarantee that a final Dreamer bill can be passed or that the House will even consider it.
“Meanwhile, Trump continues to push his plan, which is more like political extortion. Trump has proposed giving some Dreamers legal status, but his plan would dismantle family reunification visas, upend the visa lottery system, and pay for a massive border wall that the public opposes. This plan could also lead to massive deportations.
“Shame on Congress and shame on the White House for the damage they are about to do to immigrants, our communities, and our nation.
“Let’s remember, the racist policy is being driven by White House staffers, including a chief of staff who said yesterday that some Dreamers did not apply for DACA because they were ‘too lazy.’ We have not forgotten the president’s remark that Haitian and African immigrants come from “s~~~hole” countries and prefers immigrants from nations like Norway.
“If members of Congress are reluctant to support Dreamers today because they fear pushback at election time — forgetting that voters across both parties support the DREAM Act — they haven’t seen the pushback that we will deliver in November.”
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.