New Mexico Democrats Respond to House Republicans’ Bills Anti-Trafficking and Anti-DREAMers Bills–Steve Pearce Votes to Deport DREAMers and Strip Refugees of Due Process Rights


Steve Pearce backs bills that deport DREAMers would strip refugees of due process rights

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-CD3) and  Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham  (D-CD1), New Mexico’s Democratic delegation to the House of Representatives in Washington, each  issued strongly worded statements after voting against two House Republicans’ bills that repealed vital humanitarian and anti-trafficking provisions for children fleeing trafficking, persecution, or violence in their home countries and to revoke DACA for DREAMers.

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce (R-CD2) supported the House Republicans’ bills that would deport DREAMers, including those came to the United States as small children, those in college, and those who have served in the U.S. Military, and would strip Central American refugees of due process rights.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on House Republicans’ legislation that fails to provide adequate funding for the humanitarian crisis at the border, weakens a human trafficking law, and eliminates protections for DREAMers.

“The legislation introduced by House Republicans fails to live up to the values that make our nation so great. Children from Central American, children as young as five years old, have risked their lives to escape extreme violence that has gripped Guatamala, El Salvador, and the murder capital of the world, Honduras.

“Instead of working with Democrats in a bipartisan manner to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the humanitarian crisis on the border and fixes our broken immigration system, House Republicans have veered even further to the extreme right. Their legislative package weakens protections for victims of violence and human trafficking, fails to provide the resources necessary to improve the situation at the border, and weakens protections for DREAMers – kids who were brought here through no fault of their own and have worked to build a better life for themselves and their communities. In addition, it makes a distressing change for victims of domestic abuse who are seeking a visa to stay in the country. By eliminating the ability for a victim to continue working during the application process, it would leave many victims unable to make a living, increasing the chances they would have to rely on their abuser during that period.

“Pope Francis said, ‘this humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.’ Sadly in the House of Representatives, those words and that sentiment have been ignored by my Republican colleagues.”

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement:

“At a time when Congress should be standing together showing America’s strength and moral leadership, it is instead a divided body creating an even more divided America. These measures are not intended to address the problem at its root or initiate comprehensive immigration reform. Rather their purpose is to cease humanitarian and anti-human trafficking protections for the mothers and children at our borders and remove protections for DREAMers, kids who were brought here through no fault of their own and have only known America as their home.

“Because of the actions of House Republicans, these mothers, children and students have all become victims of politics. Instead of working with Democrats to pass comprehensive reform, House Republicans are destroying diversity in this country.”