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Simpson: Immigration needs a bipartisan solution, far too important for political games

Washington, D.C. - The House of Representatives voted Wednesday on H.R. 6, the so-called American Dream and Promise Act.  Offered by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), the bill does not secure the southern border or stem the flow of illegal immigration into the United States, but instead offers a partisan expansion of programs that are meant to assist a narrowly-tailored group of vulnerable residents.

“I am disappointed that Democrats turned a bipartisan goal--legal status for Dreamers--into a bill that only had Democratic input.  Our nation is facing a serious immigration crisis. Offering a partisan bill that will not be considered by the Senate and will never become law is not an honest attempt at solving the problem,” said Simpson. “This bill even goes beyond President Obama’s executive action and hamstrings top officials at DHS in their ability to enforce current law and deny individuals who pose a public safety risk, like gang members, from entering the country.”

H.6., which passed out of the House Judiciary Committee with no Republican amendments, passed on the floor of the House on Wednesday evening by a heavily partisan margin of 237-187. The Trump Administration has issued a veto threat for H.R. 6, and it is not expected to be considered by the Senate during the 116th Congress.

“We need a comprehensive solution that protects our southern border, addresses the legal status of the undocumented population, provides protections for Dreamers, solves the agriculture workforce problem, and most importantly, gains bipartisan support in the House and Senate,” said Simpson. “Anything less than that is a messaging bill that offers critics the opportunity to slander a bipartisan issue and only further sets back the chance at a successful solution. The DACA population deserves better.”