Support President’s Decision to Defer on Deportationby Representative Adam Smith
Posted on 2015-02-12
SMITH of Washington asked and was given permission to address
House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. SMITH of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the
President's decision to defer the deportation of some of the 11 million
undocumented immigrants who are in this country.
This is a decision that every President has made, to one degree or another. We do not have the resources to deport everybody, so he makes a decision about which ones should go and shouldn't. There is nothing illegal about that, and the House should not be holding up the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill because of that policy issue.
First of all, it is a policy issue best addressed by a policy committee, not by holding hostage an appropriations bill. There is an authorizing process to go through to have that fight. Secondly, and more importantly, the President's decision was the right one. There are millions upon millions of undocumented immigrants in this country who are valuable members of our community. They are wives and husbands. They are fathers. They are working productively and paying taxes. Tearing apart families and communities is not something that is going to help this country.
I think the President made the right decision. We should support it. And we certainly shouldn't be shutting down the Department of Homeland Security in a misguided attempt to go after that policy.