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VIDEO: Foster Speaks Out Against Republican ENFORCE Act, Increased Deportations

Mar 12, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) spoke on the House floor about the H.R. 4138, the ENFORCE Act.  The radical Republican legislation would enable a majority of one House of Congress to decide to sue the President, heads of federal departments and agencies, and even federal officers and employees over their execution of laws.

Republicans have cited the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for Dreamers as a reason for the legislation.  DACA is an executive action from President Obama which allows undocumented youth to stay in the US, attend schools, find employment and contribute to the economy.

Video of the speech is available here.  

Full text of the speech is below:

Mr. Chairman, I rise today in opposition to the ENFORCE Act.

For 20 years our immigration system has been left to rot due to Congressional inaction. 

As a result, today we have over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows.

After 20 years of neglect, we finally have a commonsense immigration reform package that has already passed the Senate with bipartisan support, and has an unprecedented array of support from religious groups, law enforcement, and business leaders throughout the country.

It’s rare to find a subject that labor leaders and the Chamber of Commerce can agree on – but both have called on congress to promptly pass comprehensive immigration reform.

But, Speaker Boehner and the House Republican Leadership have ignored the millions of voices calling for reform, refusing even to bring it up for a vote.

And now today we are preparing to vote on the ENFORCE Act, legislation that would have the practical effect of ripping millions of young men and women away from the only home they have ever known.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has allowed countless undocumented youth to remain in the U.S., to attend our schools, and to contribute to our economy.

Instead of fixing our broken immigration system, Republicans are doubling down on costly deportation and detention practices that are costing taxpayers millions and tearing families apart.

Mr. Chairman, we can’t fix the problem by ignoring the symptoms.  We cannot fix our broken immigration system, either with more deportations, or with specious constitutional arguments, which is exactly what Republicans are attempting to do today with the ENFORCE act.

Thank you, and I yield back.