Lowey Votes Against Anti-Immigrant Goodlatte Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today after voting against the anti-immigrant Goodlatte bill, which was rejected, 193-231:
“Instead of providing a plan to reform our immigration system in a way that lives up to our values and reflects the needs of our nation, House Republicans are pushing radical, divisive proposals that are an extension of President Trump’s extreme anti-immigrant agenda. The Goodlatte bill offers inadequate protections for Dreamers, leaving many behind altogether; cuts legal immigration and eliminates legal family immigration; and does nothing to solve the issue of family separation. It is also unconscionable that this bill would allow the indefinite detention of immigrant children.
“It is time for House Republicans to get serious, reject the Administration’s toxic agenda and policies, and engage with Democrats on real, comprehensive immigration reform. We will not accept anti-immigrant legislation that betrays our core values.”