Pelosi Statement on GOP Anti-Immigrant Bill

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after House Republicans released their new immigration legislation:

“This bill fails to provide a permanent legislative fix to protect our Dreamers. It is nothing more than a cruel codification of President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda that abandons our nation’s heritage as a beacon of hope and opportunity.

“We were hopeful that the bill would stop the separation of mothers from children. Yet, the Republicans’ language on family separation reverses a court-imposed requirement prohibiting the prolonged and indefinite detention of families seeking asylum. It is a cruel sham that does nothing to stop President Trump from continuing to separate parents and children seeking asylum at the border.

“If Speaker Ryan were serious about ending the barbaric mass separation of vulnerable families, he would call upon President Trump to end this stunningly inhumane policy that his Administration adopted immediately.

“Democrats will continue to fight for a permanent legislative fix to protect our Dreamers, who make America more American.”

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