ACLU Comment on New House Immigration Bill

January 10, 2018 3:00 pm

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans today introduced the Securing America’s Future Act.

Lorella Praeli, director of immigration policy and campaigns at the American Civil Liberties Union, had this reaction:

“This bill should be viewed for what it is — an obvious attempt by longtime anti-Dreamer lawmaker Rep. Bob Goodlatte and his allies to derail a legislative solution for Dreamers.

“The policies in the new legislation are a collection of hardline provisions designed to sabotage, rather than advance, the possibility of a bipartisan breakthrough. Rep. Goodlatte is far from an honest broker, as his entire career has been spent opposing and seeking to block sensible immigration policy. In 2014, Rep. Goodlatte even said that Dreamers ‘should be required to leave.’

“President Trump and responsible lawmakers interested in resolving the urgent crisis facing Dreamers should ignore this obvious attempt to derail policy negotiations through ideologically-driven poison pills and get back to work on delivering a solution for Dreamers and the country.”

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