“Today's vote was an important win for our movement and a wake-up call to Republicans to end this political theater and get on with the business of governing.
The Senate Republican leadership knew they had no chance of passing this DHS bill packed with anti-immigrant provisions, yet they still tried and accomplished nothing except to show Americans that they only care to appease the anti-immigrant faction of their party. It is irresponsible and reckless to put our national security in jeopardy.We applaud the Democratic Senators, including Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, who voted against this bill and demonstrated their support for our families. We thank them for taking a stand against anti-immigrant measures that hurt our communities and break up our families.
Funding for DHS should not be politicized and used to move anti-immigrant attacks. The only responsible thing for Republicans to do now is pass a “clean” DHS bill, and give Dreamers and immigrant workers the chance at a better life for their families in America. It’s those DREAMers and immigrant workers who are helping to move our country forward and prosper.”###
Causa is Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights by coordinating with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, please visit www.causaoregon.org