Vice Chair Crowley Statement on Republicans’ Anti-Immigrant Resolution

Mar 17, 2016 Issues: Economy and Jobs, In the Community

Crowley: “This House is capable of doing much more than voting to rubber stamp Donald Trump’s incendiary anti-immigrant agenda.”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after Republicans voted to pass H. Res. 639, a partisan resolution to give the Speaker of the House the extreme power to file on behalf of the full House of Representatives an anti-immigrant amicus brief with the Supreme Court against President Obama’s lawful executive actions to help fix our nation’s broken immigration system:

“Every time I think Republicans have sent the worst possible message to hard-working immigrant families, they establish a new low. In an unprecedented move, House Republicans are doubling down on their attack on immigrants, and on the President. It is alarmingly audacious to force the entire House onto an amicus brief opposing fair and reasonable enforcement actions – actions which mirror those taken by previous presidents of both parties. Equally offensive is the fact that Republicans won’t even share what language may be in the brief itself – essentially forcing members to guess what kind of hateful rhetoric might end up on the House’s letterhead. 

“This House is capable of doing much more than voting to rubber stamp Donald Trump’s incendiary anti-immigrant agenda. House and Senate Democrats recently filed our own brief in support of the President’s actions to help keep families together. While Republicans stand with Donald Trump, Democrats will continue to champion the comprehensive immigration reform our nation needs.”