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Rep. Chu Statement on Republican Attempt to Distract from Border Crisis

July 19, 2018
Press Release

Washington D.C. – On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted on H. Res 990, a non-binding and politically-driven resolution concerning U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), did not vote in favor and issued the following statement:

“It is outrageous that Republicans want to waste time on a sham resolution, while refusing to put forward any real solution to the cruel crisis that President Trump created by separating thousands of families at the border. Some have called this partisan resolution pointless. And while it does nothing to serve our country, I disagree. The resolution has a point, and that was to distract the country from Trump’s inhumane immigration policies.

"What we need is to end Trump’s enforcement policies and how he is utilizing ICE. His policies are guiding every action that the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are carrying out. While ICE conducts productive enforcement actions such as combatting human trafficking, investigating cybercrimes, and stemming the flow of narcotics into our country, we must evaluate what we can do to reform ICE and ensure there is more oversight over their actions to curb the abuses that many immigrant communities have suffered. This is why I have convened meetings between the regional ICE office in Los Angeles and organizations that serve immigrants to ensure there is adequate communication.   

“But instead of facilitating a productive discussion on the crisis the President created, Congressional Republicans charged ahead with a vote on a non-binding resolution that serves to do nothing.

“By engaging in these cynical political games the Republicans have demonstrated that they are not interested in holding this Administration accountable. I and my Democratic colleagues will continue to demand that Republicans reunite children with their parents immediately and work to pull back the disastrous policies that are hurting our communities today.”