Campaign 2010

Jun 06, 2013

VOTE ALERT: House Republicans Vote to Restart Dream Act Deportations

Moments ago, House Republicans betrayed Latino voters yet again and voted to restart deporting an estimated 800,000 DREAM Act-eligible young people. According to the Associated Press, “The GOP-controlled House has voted to reject President Barack Obama's policy to end deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the United States as children.”

While House Republicans try to give lip service to appealing to immigrants and despite the RNC’s autopsy, 221 Republicans just voted for the amendment – sponsored by anti-immigrant Congressman Steve King. The amendment prohibits Immigration and Customs Enforcement from implementing the President’s 2012 executive order protecting DREAMers from deportation. These 800,000 DREAM Act-eligible young immigrants were brought to the United States as children and have followed the law and contributed to their communities for their entire lives.

“While House Republicans pretend to appeal to Latinos, this vote exposes that it’s all a ruse. The truth is that House Republicans are beholden to an extremist wing of their party that demands deportations of deserving kids,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Two hundred twenty-one House Republicans just threw cold water on their so-called courtship of Latinos by voting to restart deportations of law-abiding DREAM Act-eligible children who just want to try to make it in America. The public overwhelmingly wants to give these kids a shot at the American Dream, and it’s unconscionable that House Republicans would deport them simply because their right wing demands it.”

BACKGROUND

House Republicans Voted to Restart Deportations of an Estimated 800,000 DREAM Act Eligible Young People. In 2013, House Republicans voted for an amendment to the 2014 Homeland Security appropriations bill that would’ve prohibited the use of Immigration and Customs Enforcement funds to implement President Obama’s June 2012 order that protects the “DREAMers” from deportation—those estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives.  The amendment also prohibits other prosecutorial discretion policies that ensure the agency's immigration enforcement resources are targeted at serious criminals, and not at those who pose no threat to U.S. communities, such as victims of domestic violence and other crimes who come forward to seek protection and identify their abusers. The amendment passed, 224-201. [H.R. 2217, Vote #208, 6/06/13; Associated Press, 6/06/13]

2012: President Issued Executive Order Instructing DHS Not to Deport Illegal Immigrants that Arrived in U.S. Before Age 16, Lived in Country for Five Years, and are Enrolled in School or are Military Veterans. Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation and able to work, under an executive action the Obama administration […] The policy, while not granting any permanent legal status, clears the way for young illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows, work legally and obtain driver’s licenses and many other documents they have lacked. […] Under the change, the Department of Homeland Security will no longer initiate the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the United States before age 16, have lived here for at least five years, and are in school, are high school graduates or are military veterans in good standing. The immigrants must also be not more than 30 and have clean criminal records.” [New York Times, 6/15/12]