Gutiérrez: Latinos & Immigrants Got Run Over By The Omnibus
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement today reacting to news that the Omnibus spending measure will not include any additional help for Puerto Rico, will not include the Dream Act or other relief for Dreamers and those with DACA, and will include more than a billion dollars for border walls and fencing and does nothing to curtail Trump’s deportation force. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and a former Member and Subcommittee Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
I’m voting against the Omnibus because I’m against the continued deportation of hard-working immigrants and families in communities like mine in Chicago. It would be like me voting against the Iraq war and then turning around and voting for military spending to execute that war. I will not vote for funding that continues Trump’s war on immigrants with deep roots who are assets to their community.
Anyone who votes for the Omnibus is voting for the deportation of Dreamers and other immigrants. You will be voting to take money from law-abiding taxpayers – some of whom are immigrants – and give that money to privately-run prisons that will make a profit off of each and every human being our government hands over to them for detention and then deportation.
Anyone who votes for the Omnibus will be voting for more doors broken down by Border Patrol and other deportation officers in working class neighborhoods and families removed and turned over to for-profit prisons. Why? Because we are adding more border security funding at a time when unauthorized immigration is at its lowest point in decades and deportation agents have nothing better to do than raid homes, deport hard-working families, and harass those who look like immigrants.
For all of the talk from Republicans and Democrats since September about rescuing the Dreamers and preventing their deportation, the final Omnibus budget gives Trump money for his wall and we get nothing for it. Immigrants and Latinos got run over by the Omnibus and we have nothing in return.
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