Congress extends immigration crisis on empty promises

01/22/2018

Contact: Natalia Jaramillo, natalia@domesticworkers.org, (786) 317-3524

Congress extends immigration crisis on empty promises

Washington, DC - After a government shutdown caused by the Trump administration and his Republican majority-controlled Congress, the Senate just passed a resolution to reopen the government for three more weeks. The deal was reached after Republicans promised to debate a solution for 800,000 young immigrants previously covered by the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, also known as DACA, terminated in September by the Trump administration.

Jess Morales Rocketto, Political Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance:

“Our patience cannot be extended any longer. The 800,000 young immigrants whose lives are currently in limbo, and the millions of children who rely on CHIP for access to healthcare deserve better, while both Republicans and Democrats are playing political football with their lives. We’re extremely disappointed at the Democratic leadership for choosing to put the fate of thousands of immigrant families in the hands of Senator McConnell’s empty promises when everyone knows they will never be fulfilled or, at least, will come at the cost of separating more families and terrorizing immigrant communities even more. This weekend, over 1 million women took the streets to show Congress the unity that will defeat this hateful brand of politics and win the future. This year, we will remember who voted in favor or against our families.”

Laura, Dreamer, mother and We Belong Together leader in Florida:

“My DACA expired on December 22nd and just last week I was stopped by law enforcement while driving. Thankfully, the officer let me go with a warning after seeing my daughter in the back seat. Congress extending their time to make a decision will not extend my permit. They already have my life in shutdown because, without the Dream Act, I can’t have a driver’s license and I can’t work, therefore I can’t put food on the table for my family. Congress needs to do its job and solve this crisis by passing a permanent solution for thousands of Dreamers and families like mine.”

Ingrid Vaca, mother of two Dreamers, and leader of We Belong Together (Virginia):

“Congress is playing with our kids’ lives without considering how this hurts them and their futures. I’ve been visiting Members of Congress since last year and never thought I would see so much hate and racism. That’s what is keeping them from effectively addressing the issues that really matter for our families and our communities.”