Pelosi Statement on House Passage of Dangerous GOP Anti-Immigrant Bills

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the Republican anti-immigrant bills passed by the House today:

“The murder of Kathryn Steinle is a great tragedy.  But the reality is that the wantonly anti-immigrant bills Republicans passed today will only make it harder for local law enforcement to fight crime and keep our communities safe.

“Who is safer when immigrant families fear going to the police when they are witnesses or victims of crimes?  Once again, the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress have put their cruel agenda of discrimination ahead of safer communities.  Republicans’ effort to withhold vital public safety funds to bully communities into rounding up immigrants is immoral, unconstitutional and dangerous.

“States and communities must have the right to choose humane and effective law enforcement strategies that protect and serve, not deport and intimidate.  While Republicans fan the flames of hate and bigotry, Democrats will continue to fight for the comprehensive immigration reform our nation needs.”