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Rep. Roybal-Allard Criticizes Anti-Immigrant RAISE Act

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Washington, August 2, 2017 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement criticizing the anti-immigrant Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, a bill by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) and endorsed by President Trump:

“America was built by hardworking immigrants of all kinds and all talents.  The US has been, and must always be, a home for those Emma Lazarus described as ‘huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’  That creed was betrayed today by President Trump when he promoted the RAISE Act, a cruel and brazen pander to anti-immigrant voices at the expense of American businesses and workers.  A person’s value cannot be confined to a set of skills, no matter how much Donald Trump and the authors of the RAISE Act would like you to believe that.  We owe our heartfelt gratitude to the hardworking immigrants in the 40th District and across the country.  The RAISE Act does nothing but demonize America’s immigrants and tear families apart.

“If President Trump wanted to help American workers, immigrant and non-immigrant alike, he could prioritize legislation to bolster job training, create new jobs, and increase wages.  But he hasn’t.  If he wanted to fix our broken immigration system, he could reach across the aisle to pass bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that treats immigrants humanely, keeps families together, secures our borders, and creates a path to citizenship.  But he hasn’t.  Instead, he has thrown his support behind the RAISE Act, a bill which offers nothing but hate and fear.  He couldn’t be more wrong.”

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