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House Republicans Continue to Stand in Way of Immigration Reform

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

Failing to Support Amendment That Would Defund Deportations of Parents Latest GOP Outrage 

(WASHINGTON)—House Republicans continue to stand in the way of immigration reform by failing to pass an amendment today that would have defunded the deportations of parents.

The amendment, sponsored by California Reps. Adam Schiff and Lucille Roybal-Allard, failed to pass in the House Appropriations Committee. The amendment, which covered parents whose children are U.S. citizen or legal permanent residents, was supported by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM).

“U.S. citizen children with an undocumented parent live in fear that any day, the person they depend on the most could be taken away from them,” said Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, a FIRM member. “Congress should be working to keep families together, not tear them apart.”

The deportation of a parent or guardian has devastating effects on the health of children. According to a June 2013 report by Human Impact Partners, nearly 30 percent of undocumented parents report that their children were afraid either all or most of the time, much higher than among children of documented parents. In its report, Human Impact Partners found that in 2012, the U.S. spent more than $1.2 billion to deport parents of U.S. citizen children.

“The time to act on immigration reform is now,” Salas said. “House Republicans who do support immigration reform must step up and take action rather than let a very small faction of their party dictate the agenda.”

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