For Immediate Release
January 24, 2019
Contact: Karina Martinez 858-752-1262
MFV Calls on Congress to Reopen the Government with a Clean Bill
H.R. 268 would allow the government to re-open without funding a border wall
Washington, D.C. — The Senate is poised to vote on two bills, the “End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act,” supported by President Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and H.R. 268 – a clean bill that would reopen the government without punitive measures affecting our community or a wall along the southern border with Mexico.
Mi Familia Vota released the following statement:
“The Senate has an opportunity to vote on a bill that swiftly reopens the government without hurting more people. We urge Congress to vote no on the Trump-McConnell bill. It is full of punitive measures that jeopardize our community by providing additional resources to increase deportations and detentions while also gutting TPS and leaving Dreamers without a pathway to citizenship, in addition to funding a vanity wall.
“Our nation should not be torn apart over our president’s determination to build a bigger wall along the US-Mexico border; our government can and should be re-opened by voting on a bill that serves the people of our country and wisely uses our tax money to improve education and healthcare, instead of furthering attacks on our communities.
“We reject Trump’s Faustian bargain and we condemn Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for blocking four bipartisan bills that could have reopened the government already. Over 70% of Americans say this wall is not worth a shutdown – it’s costly, mean-spirited and unnecessary. The government must re-open it now.
“In contrast, House Resolution (H.R.) 268, also to be voted on by the Senate, is a clean bill that provides a solution for federal workers and those impacted by the government shutdown. It funds the government without radical changes to our immigration policies or strings attached for DACA and TPS recipients.
“Mi Familia Vota reiterates our call for President Trump to stop the Trumpadas – the attacks against immigrants. We can reopen the government without caving into the President’s extremist agenda. Our country deserves better and Congress has the responsibility to protect our values as a nation.”
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.