Crowley Votes Against Republicans’ Dangerous Approach to Homeland Security Funding

January 14, 2015
Press Release

Republicans Put Anti-Immigrant Agenda Ahead of Safety of American Families

(Washington, D.C.) –Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, voted against House Republicans’ reckless and dangerous Homeland Security funding legislation that includes radical anti-immigration amendments to block President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration reform, as well as upend the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (known as DACA), which protects undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children.

Crowley spoke against the legislation on the House Floor this morning. To watch, please click here.

Below are Crowley’s remarks as prepared:

“Madam Speaker, I think my Republican colleagues are taking the American people for fools.

“Like many of my colleagues, I lost too many constituents and friends in the attacks of September 11, 2001. I lost people who I love on September 11th.

“In the years since, New York City has been the focus of attempted terror plots. We’re home to one of the largest airports in the country, and the associated security threats that go along with it.

“So let’s be clear: Homeland Security funding is something I take very seriously. And frankly, it’s something that I would expect my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to take seriously as well.

“But this is not a serious effort by any stretch of the imagination.

“You know what is good for our national security?

“Bringing people out of the shadows, so that we know who’s here in our country. Focusing our limited enforcement resources on true threats. And not holding up needed funding for security and law enforcement programs to make a political point.

“To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, I’d say:

“If you genuinely think that the best way to handle our immigration system is to deport parents who are trying to feed their families, instead of true criminals;

“If you want to deport children raised in this country as Americans;

“If you want to destroy all our recent economic gains – a sucker punch to the economy – by deporting 11 million people at a cost of $285 billion;

“Then you know what? Bring up a bill and let’s have a real debate.

“Don’t walk in here and tell me and the American people that this garbage belongs in the Homeland Security funding bill. The American people are not suckers and they are not fools. They know what you’re doing.

“Our homeland security programs are more important than these kinds of political games. They deserve the bipartisan, negotiated approach that marked this bill all through the fall.

“I just wish all my colleagues would stop catering to partisan extremists, because this bill is a betrayal of our economic gains, a betrayal of our national security, and a betrayal of our history as a nation of immigrants.”

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.