GOP Continues to Treat Immigrant Families Inhumanely
(WASHINGTON)—Today’s vote by House Republicans to undo President Obama’s progress on administrative relief was inhumane political theater. Behind their empty mask of rhetoric, the Republicans revealed how truly uncompassionate they are toward our nation’s immigrant families, said Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), the nation’s largest coalition of immigrant rights groups.
Although the measure passed 219 to 197, it will not pass in the Senate, making the action merely the latest proof that the most conservative wing of the GOP continues to call the shots on immigration reform.
“The longer House Republicans let the vehemently anti-immigrant faction of their party be in charge, the sooner they will find themselves on the wrong side of American opinion on immigration reform,” Matos said. “The irony is that the party that prides itself on family values is bent on tearing millions of immigrant families apart.”
“FIRM calls on Republicans to show that they are not puppets of their anti-immigrant, anti-family colleagues and vote against the bill that would undo administrative relief,” Matos said. “Millions of immigrants have come out of the shadows to fight for their rights. It’s time for level-headed Republicans who support immigration reform to do the same. Don’t let a small group of lawmakers clearly on the wrong side of history govern your party.”
Matos pointed to new Gallup poll figures that show that President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration is overwhelmingly popular among Latino voters, a powerful voting bloc heading into 2016.