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  • Don’t Play Games With Homeland Security Appropriations

    by Representative Mark Takano

    Posted on 2015-01-14

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    TAKANO asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. TAKANO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to stand against the tactics used by the House Republicans for their partisan fights. I find it unconscionable that the House Republicans would threaten the funding of the Department of Homeland Security over the President's executive action on immigration.

    We just saw what happened to our friends in France, and now, they are going to play games with our national security and threaten its funding. This executive action isn't an election strategy or a scheme to grow the Federal Government; it is a moral imperative.

    The President acted because this House refused to even vote on the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill. It was widely expected that a vote on that bill would have succeeded.

    Our broken immigration system has forced millions to live their lives in fear. The President's action is the right thing to do, is the humane thing to do.

    I oppose the defunding of this executive action, Mr. Speaker, and I oppose the threatening of the funding of the Department of Homeland Security and, by extension, our national security.


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