Today, Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) released the following statement regarding her vote against the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2013:
"This morning, I voted against the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2013 because it included an amendment offered by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) that stops the President's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, known as the DREAMers initiative.
Back home, I have met with so many young DREAMers who are hard-working young people and Americans in every way that matters but on paper. Since the DACA program began, helping young DREAMers in my district has been one of the most rewarding parts of my job. At a time when the American people are ready for comprehensive immigration reform, this attack on young people, living in the only country they have ever known, trying to achieve the American dream, is truly inexcusable.
This amendment was callous and I was appalled to see it passed in the House as part of the larger appropriations legislation. I supported much of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act, including vital funding to protect our nation's cities, ports and airports. There was a lot of bi-partisan hard work put in to this legislation. However, I could not in good conscience vote for the bill with this tragic attack on our DREAMers.
I support the DREAMers and my office will continue to help them through the DACA process."