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Friday, February 27, 2015

Latinas condemn Congressional brinksmanship on immigration

Press Release
Washington
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

Affirm support for President’s reforms and oppose Congressional attacks on immigrant communities

WASHINGTON, DC – In advance of today’s anticipated outcome regarding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) condemns Congressional leadership for ongoing failure to pass a DHS budget and continued political games which have ceased important debate on the DHS budget and on the need to pass humane, meaningful, and comprehensive reforms to our nation’s immigration laws. 

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH issued the following statement:

“By entangling their opposition to the President’s lawful reforms with the long overdue need to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Congressional leadership has not only stymied much-needed debate on the DHS budget, but has also shown their hostility to meaningful, humane, and comprehensive reform of our nation’s immigration laws.

“The President’s lawful use of executive authority to defer deportations and restructure enforcement priorities is an important step forward for millions of immigrant women and families in the United States. Opposition to these reforms is unconscionable. Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) will save lives, keep families together, and ensure that immigrant women and families can contribute to our nation’s shared prosperity without the constant threat of deportation. These programs are particularly important for immigrant women who are the backbones of their families and communities. 

“The House and Senate leadership’s political brinksmanship around the DHS budget has harmed Latinas by halting debate on all other aspects of the DHS budget, including on issues like the detention bed quota which serves to detain approximately 34,000 immigrants each and every night, many in for-profit jail-like facilities, torn apart from their families, communities, and service providers.

“Additionally, while the Senate has passed a “clean” DHS funding bill, this progress comes with the cost of advancing Senator Collins’ reprehensible “Immigration Rule of Law Act” (S. 534), which will undermine much-needed protections for asylum seekers and survivors of violence, eliminate the use of discretion in immigration enforcement, and perpetuate false information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

“Latinas will not tolerate these attacks on our community. We call on the Congressional majority to cease playing political games with the health and rights of immigrants and instead pass humane reforms to immigration policy, including by ensuring immigrant women and families can participate in the affordable healthcare programs to which they already contribute.”

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.