[WASHINGTON]— On Friday night, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5230, the Supplemental Appropriations Related to the Humanitarian Crisis at the Southwest Border and H.R. 5272, a bill that halts and prevents the extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily provides DREAMers protection from deportation. Latino Victory Project President Cristóbal Alex released the following statement in reaction to the House votes:
“For more than a year, we’ve waited as efforts have been stalled in Congress to pass legislation for comprehensive immigration reform. Now, as the humanitarian crisis continues to unfold on the border, Republicans in the House of Representatives have again failed our community.
“The continuous lack of action in the House on immigration reform, the severely reduced aid package that limits due process, and the audacity to limit Deferred Action authority is disrespectful to our community waiting on immigration reform and dangerous to the many children who have fled violent circumstances to seek safety. House Republicans and the group of Senators seeking to undermine progress on efforts to bring individuals out of the shadows should be embarrassed. The response from the House of Representatives and certain Senators to this crisis and the lack of response on immigration reform will burn strongly in the minds of millions of Latinos. No amount of back-handed shenanigans on a Friday evening hides the fact that this legislation, with no chance of passage, establishes a bright line on the part of its supporters against the Latino community.
“We encourage Latinos across the country to ensure their voices are heard on this issue.”
For more information on the Latino Victory Project, visit www.latinovictory.us.
The Latino Victory Project, co-founded by Eva Longoria and Henry R. Muñoz III, is an ambitious, non-partisan effort to build political power within the Latino community to ensure the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our nation forward. The Latino Victory Project develops leaders for public office while building a permanent base of Latino donors to support them. Partnering with leading organizations, it shapes public policy that reflects the growing influence of the Latino community while also building cross-constituency alliances that can move the country forward.