House Bill Defeated, but Message Remains Unchanged

June 22, 2018

On June 27, the US House of Representatives rejected the latest immigration bill (HR 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act) by a vote of 121-301. "No" voters included 112 Republicans and 189 Democrats. It is unclear whether Congress will return to this issue before the midterm elections.

Immigrants' rights and child and youth advocates around the country continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.  The message, they say, will not change, nor will the priorities. SparkAction is compiling a list of resources, analyses and calls to action in a shared Immigration Resource Round-Up.

The alternative to family separation must not be indefinite family incarceration. This is a false choice and a "fake fix." #FamiliesBelongTogether.

To date, none of the legislation proposed in Congress would appropriated address the key issues of family detention, child trauma and a meaningful path to citizenship for "Dreamers." The three primary messages advocates are advancing are:

  1. We must reunite families immediately and end the practice of separating children from their parents.
  2. We must end family detention, which we know is traumatizing and harmful.
  3. We must address the root cause of all of this: the Trump administration's  “zero tolerance” policy, which prosecutes parents for doing what all parents do: protect their children.

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