For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Republicans Must Reverse Course on King-Championed Anti-immigrant Legislation, Keep Families Together
WASHINGTON – As Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) continues to spread racist myths and fears about immigrant families, Republican leaders must go beyond symbolic gestures such as the recent slap on the wrist and roll back their own support of King’s hateful legislation.
“Rep. Steve King continues his racist anti-immigrant GOP press tour, shamelessly spreading hurtful and untrue stereotypes about our nation’s immigrant families in open defiance of Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor’s reprimand,” said Kica Matos, spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition. “But Boehner and Cantor have been quiet champions for Steve King’s mission to embed anti-immigrant policies in the U.S. House of Representatives – they have pushed King’s agenda and sought to make his divisive, hate-filled initiatives the law of the land.
“In just one example, under John Boehner’s leadership, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would lead to mass deportation of thousands of bright young...
By Erin Brock
As the House Judiciary Committee begins its review of the KIDS act, proposed by Representative Eric Cantor, its inadequacy is already becoming clear. The act is part of the House GOP’s attempt to appease the immigration reform movement by offering a potential path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Basically, the KIDS act is the House’s lighter version of the DREAM act, and it’s simply not good enough.
The KIDS act is a product of the piecemeal approach that the House is taking on immigration reform-a process that will not work for immigrants or immigrant families. A path to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants must be a cornerstone of any comprehensive immigration reform but the House continues to chop up this vital path through its refusal to craft a complete reform bill. The House cannot tear families apart by offering citizenship to DREAMers and not to their family members by forcing young immigrants to choose between themselves and their parents. This approach is purely inadequate and does not address the complexity of our broken immigration system.
It is key that any comprehensive immigration...
By: Kris Kelkar
I don’t know what I would do without my driver’s license. Being from Los Angeles, I find driving to be an essential to getting my way around. But my license is more than that – just yesterday I was asked for my license to confirm my relationship to my father when using my health insurance.
My license is a sense of security – it verifies my existence as I know it to others. But, under stipulations of the REAL ID Act, Washington DC Mayor Gray was threatening to take away that sense of security in his new law that would mandate drivers licenses issued to undocumented immigrant residents be stamped with the phrase, “not acceptable by federal agencies for official purposes” – effectively proclaiming to the world their undocumented status.
It is the exact opposite of security – those licenses issued to unnaturalized residents would be ticking time bombs in their pockets, waiting to explode when a federal law enforcement officer would see it and turn their world up-side-down.
This policy is not fair- if anything it is discriminatory in the exact same way as state-sanctioned segregation. The...