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Congressman Smith Statement on Amendment Targeting Dreamers in Homeland Appropriations Bill

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Smith voted against the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which included an amendment offered by Steve King (R-IA) that would prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) funds from going to the continued implementation of the Obama Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that protects DREAMers from deportation:

"I was extremely disappointed that Republicans passed an amendment today that targets hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who, through no fault of their own, were brought to this country as young children. These children have lived in the United States for years as law-abiding individuals, however the amendment adopted by House Republicans today, draws no distinction between DREAMers and criminals posing security risks to our communities. We need an enforcement policy that focuses our limited resources on enhancing public safety by targeting serious criminals, not DREAMers."

In June 2012, Secretary Napolitano sent a memo to ICE prioritizing prosecutorial discretion so ICE could focus their resources on going after dangerous criminals rather than deporting law-abiding DREAMers. This amendment would prohibit appropriated funds from finalizing, implementing, or enforcing this policy guidance. By refusing to fund this policy guidance, House Republicans have placed a target on the backs of 800,000 DREAMers.


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