Today, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement after Republicans voted to insert into the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act an amendment preventing continued implementation of a policy that has allowed thousands of law-abiding undocumented immigrants known as "DREAMers" to live without fear of deportation:
"I'm appalled that House Republicans passed an amendment that would unfairly target "DREAMers,' those estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children through no fault of their own and are leading law-abiding lives. The House Republicans' amendment would prevent implementation of a policy that protects "DREAMers' from deportation, tearing apart families and targeting law-abiding individuals as aggressively as serious criminals.
"This bill had strong bipartisan support until House Republicans voted to add this unrelated and cruel political amendment, knowing full well that it would cause the bill to lose Democratic support. This amendment does nothing to enhance public safety and national security.
"Protecting our nation's homeland by investing in border security, public safety and preparedness is a goal shared by Democrats and Republicans. As I have consistently asserted, and as was acknowledged today on the House floor, with New Mexico experiencing two wildfires that have already engulfed thousands of acres of our forestland, these investments in emergency preparedness and response are critically important to my state.
"As someone who represents a state affected by border issues, I understand the need to invest in measures that protect our national security. I look forward to supporting a Homeland Security Appropriations bill that passes the Senate without this disastrous provision that would tear apart families and unfairly harm New Mexico's "DREAMers.'"