Today, Congressman Joe Garcia (FL-26) made the following statement in response to the House of Representatives' passage of the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act.
"The DHS Appropriations bill funds programs vital to our national security and our region's economic growth," stated Congressman Garcia. "It includes an amendment that I cosponsored that would delay flood insurance rates from increasing on many South Florida homeowners and also funds our first responders, disaster relief and Customs and Border Protection staffing at our ports and airports.
"While I support funding for these critical priorities, I voted against and am strongly opposed to Congressman Steve King's amendment, which would prohibit the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for DREAMers and prosecutorial discretion, which are two directives that allow law enforcement officials to prioritize dangerous criminals over those who pose no threat to our communities," Congressman Garcia continued.
"It is a waste of time and taxpayer funds to chase after DREAMers who were brought here through no fault of their own and are Americans in every way but on paper. Though I am disappointed that this provision was included in the final bill, I am confident that the Senate and the President will ensure that this provision is stricken from the final bill before it is signed into law."
The King amendment passed by a vote of 224 to 201 and the DHS Appropriations Act passed by a vote of 245-182.