GOP Fails First Leadership Test on Immigration

GOP Fails First Leadership Test on Immigration

Same Characters, Same Policies

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 Contact: Donna De La Cruz, (202) 339-9331

(WASHINGTON)--The aftermath of the 2012 election brought widespread calls from within the conservative movement and the Republican party itself to finally address comprehensively and wisely our broken system of immigration with a path to citizenship, which is a central component of reform.

Unfortunately, the opening gambit by Republicans in Congress is disappointing a nation that desperately needs new rational and humane voices from the right on immigration reform.

This week, the House will vote on a “STEM” bill written by the notoriously anti-immigrant Lamar Smith (R-TX).  It eliminates a whole category of “diversity visas.”   Crafted without real Democratic input, the provision cynically allows some relatives of legal residents to enter the country sooner, but with fewer rights than current law.  Still others who can currently immigrate legally are cut out completely.   It would further break an already broken system.

In the Senate, Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Jon Kyl introduced the “Achieve Act.”  which is the DREAM Act without the dream.  It contains no path to citizenship for the hardworking young Dreamers who are American in every way but paperwork.

The immigrant community finds this an insulting start to the debate over a crucial American issue: how to end policies which separate families and create a path to citizenship for hard working immigrants and ensure they have the opportunity to become fully integrated into our communities.

A deep fissure has developed between the immigrant community and the Republican party.  That fissure was a central reason for the rebuke dealt to Mitt Romney in a historic election for turnout amongst our communities.

Our families continue to stand ready to meet with any and all of leaders so that they might fully understand the moral crisis of family separation and the overwhelming need to end that crisis by creating a path to citizenship for all hardworking immigrants.