Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on House Republicans’ Cynical and Desperate Immigration Stunt

Jul 18, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement opposing the House Republicans’ cynical and desperate immigration stunt:

“My vote today against H.Res.990 was not a vote against the hard-working men and women of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement but against the meanspirited and cruel way the Trump Administration is choosing to use this agency to divide America and push an anti-immigrant and racist agenda.  I refuse to participate in this desperate political stunt while children are still separated from their families.

“Today’s episode is just another example of the lack of leadership and constructive ideas missing from House Republicans, as well as their obsession with appeasing this dishonorable President.

“House Republicans brought this bill to the floor to distract from their complicit behavior and lack of oversight of the Trump Administration’s since-abandoned family separation policy that literally ripped children from the arms of their parents.

“When Washington Republicans are ready to get serious about our nation’s immigration polices, they should meet with Democrats so we can tackle this important issue in a meaningful way.  Until then, I will continue to reject the Republican attacks on vulnerable children, families, and our nation’s most sacred values.

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