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Flores Statement on Immigration

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WASHINGTON, D.C. , June 19, 2018 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding immigration policies:

“We are a nation of immigrants and we are also a nation of laws. Our current immigration system is broken and inadequate to meet the needs of our modern economy and to keep hardworking American families safe.

“Every American that breaks the law is subject to criminal prosecution. If a prosecuted person is a parent, they are separated from their family because the American legal system does not place children in jail with a parent. Under such circumstances, their children live with relatives, are placed in foster care or placed in a state children’s home.

“Similarly, when immigrants are apprehended for illegally crossing the border, they face criminal prosecution for breaking the law. If an adult is apprehended with children, the Department of Justice will not incarcerate those children accompanying the adult. While the adults are detained and prosecuted for illegal entry, the children are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services to be cared for during the legal proceedings. Once the matter is adjudicated, the children can reunite with their adult family member prior to deportation.

“Like all crimes, the act of crossing the border illegally should not be tolerated. That said, I am working with my fellow colleagues in Congress to address the failures of our immigration system in a way that allows families to stay together while awaiting adjudication of their case. 

“President Trump is correct to enforce the law. Previous administrations, through a policy of selective enforcement, simply processed and released illegal immigrants and their families – more commonly known as ‘catch and release.' They were then expected to honor a court summons for a later date, usually months in the future. Many illegal immigrants ignore those court summons, and coupled with selective enforcement of the law, this policy further weakens our nation’s broken immigration system.

“This week, the House is expected to vote on two bills to strengthen border security and to reform our broken immigration system. The Securing America's Future Act works to enhance border security, end chain migration, terminate the Visa Lottery to move our immigration system toward a more merit-based system, make e-verify mandatory, crack down on sanctuary cites, address visa overstays and provide lawful status for current DACA recipients. The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act addresses all four of President Trump’s pillars for immigration reform – strengthens border security, eliminates the Visa Lottery, eliminates chain migration in favor of merit-based immigration, and provides lawful status for most of the current population of Dreamers. I look forward to supporting each of these bills as they authorize and fund increased border security, offer equitable solutions for the Dreamer population and create a fairer immigration system for all by closing previous loopholes that allowed for selective enforcement over the years.”

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