Rush Statement on House Republicans’ Radical Immigration Bills
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement announcing his intention to oppose the Ryan and Goodlatte immigration bills:
“There is no way in good conscience that I will vote for a bill that includes every anti-immigrant wish list item that has been proposed by this incompetent Administration. Both bills fail to provide real protection for Dreamers, dramatically limit annual legal immigration, dismantle legal family-based immigration, greatly restrict access to asylum, and attack welcoming communities, including the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.
“Let’s be clear, this bill is not a compromise. In fact, House Republicans — led by their fundamentally inept President — are only making things worse with their continued unwillingness to work with Democrats on common sense legislation that has broad bipartisan support.
“This group of Washington Republicans will do anything to advance their anti-immigrant agenda, even if that means separating children from their families as leverage to pay for a wall that Trump said Mexico would pay for.
“The Ryan and Goodlatte bills are extortion and I refuse to play this partisan political game with Congressional Republicans and a divisive, cruel, and ineffectual President. For these reasons, I will vote NO on these bills.”