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GOP passes poison pill amendment ending Administration’s prosecutorial discretion policies; amendment destroys bipartisan compromise on homeland security spending

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Washington, DC, June 6, 2013 | Elizabeth Murphy ((202) 225-1766) | comments

Today, lead DREAM Act sponsor and member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, decried a reckless and irresponsible amendment to the FY 2014 DHS Appropriations bill offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA). The King amendment would prevent continued implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which has allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth to live, work and study without fear of deportation. It would also prevent ICE from abiding by the Morton Memo on prosecutorial discretion, which has refocused the agency’s enforcement efforts on those who present a threat to public safety or national security.

“Members of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee worked for months to craft a fair, bipartisan bill that members on both sides of the aisle could support,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “Unfortunately, this good faith effort was destroyed by the deeply irresponsible King Amendment. By rolling back the Administration’s prosecutorial discretion policies, this heartless measure represents a brazen attack on the Dreamers and their families.

I am saddened and frustrated by the Republican Majority’s decision to once again use a homeland security spending bill as a platform for anti-immigrant posturing. Apparently, they are still more interested in political point-scoring than in working constructively to fix our broken immigration system.”

Following passage of the King Amendment, Appropriations Committee Democrats, who had previously supported passage of the FY 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, were compelled to vote against it. This marks the second year in a row that anti-immigrant amendments have undermined a bipartisan comprise on homeland security spending.


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