Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015by Representative John Conyers Jr.
Posted on 2015-01-13
CONYERS. Mr. Chair, today the Majority has chosen to hold the
Department of Homeland Security hostage with their extreme anti-
immigrant policies. Rather than pass a bipartisan bill that would fund
the agency tasked with securing our border and protecting our citizens
from terrorism and violence--the Majority will consider poison pill
amendments to appease an extreme faction of their party.
Playing politics with our national security is not responsible governance.
First, the Republican party is playing politics with the lives, safety and security of the American people. In the wake of the recent Paris tragedy, it is all too apparent that we need smart enforcement policies that protect the American people and root out any terror threats. The Department of Homeland Security plays a central role in our fight against terror, both in the United States and around the world and we should fully fund their efforts as soon as possible. We should not be debating ``poison pill'' amendments that have no chance of becoming law and will only further delay the funding of DHS.
Second, the Republican party is showing the American people that they only immigration policy they believe in is ``mass deportation.'' They have attached several policy riders to this appropriations bill that would further separate families, including the families of military service members and U.S. citizens.
Third, the amendments that we will later consider will prevent DHS from implementing smart enforcement policies, including ones that prioritize deporting felons before families. These smart policies allow DHS to focus valuable resources on individuals with criminal convictions and not immigrants with U.S. citizen and legal permanent resident family members.
I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to stop playing politics with our national security and start governing.