Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) joined fellow members of Congress and comprehensive immigration reform allies to call out House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee who are marking up H.R. 2278, the so-called "SAFE Act."
The bill would allow states to pass their own immigration laws, forcing police and local law enforcement to double as immigration officials. It is a non-comprehensive, enforcement-only measure.
Below is a transcript of Representative Horsford's remarks below:
"I'm proud to be here today, from the Great State of Nevada, as one of the co-chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus Task Force on Immigration, with such a broad coalition of partners who are pushing every day for comprehensive reform. We will get this done, and we will be on the right side of history by getting it done the right way.
"But we're also here today to remind our Republican colleagues in the House: we don't move forward by clinging to the divisive politics of yesterday. It's time for Republican House to stop being the regressive party and start working toward solutions for all of America.
"We can't pass enforcement-only bills and call them "reform." Unfortunately, the so-called "SAFE Act" that is being promoted by House Republicans puts ideology before solutions. It is designed to inflame, not contribute to, the immigration debate. The bill would allow states to pass their own immigration laws and force police and local law enforcement to double as immigration officials. It's a patchwork approach that will not fix our overall immigration process.
"The broken immigration system that we have now is tearing families apart, it's hurting businesses and workers, and shortchanging students, like the ones that are standing here with us today, who are here at no fault of their own.
"We must move forward on comprehensive immigration reform because it is the civil and human rights issue of our time. Security is part of the discussion, but this piecemeal approach is not sufficient, we need a comprehensive approach, and that's what we're pushing for. It's time for Republicans in the House to join us and stop fighting where the majority of American people are. Si Se Puede."