Measure to Defund Deportation of Parents of American Kids Fails

By EGP Staff Report

An amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Act that would have cut funding to pay for deporting the undocumented parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, failed Wednesday by a vote of 23-26 in the House Appropriations Committee. Two Republican members of committee voted to support the amendment authored by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28).

as it Had it  Passage would have ensured Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds are “spent on those who represent true public threats rather than deporting individuals with deep roots in the community and tearing apart families,” according to a statement released by Roybal-Allard.

The congresswoman said she was proud to cosponsor the amendment, noting that today there are 5,000 American citizen children in the child welfare system as a direct result of parent or parents being deported.

“This situation is both heartbreaking and completely unnecessary,” Roybal-Allard said in her statement.

“Instead of tearing families apart, ICE should focus its limited resources on criminal offenders and others who endanger our families and our communities. It is critical that we take action on this issue.”

Schiff, calling the country’s immigration system “broken,” said until action is taken on comprehensive immigration reform legislation, “… we have a humanitarian duty to mitigate the harm we are doing to millions of families – and in particular, the practice of deporting the parents of American kids.”  He noted that over 5.5 million children in the country legally have at least one parent who is undocumented.

The lawmakers said they plan to offer a similar amendment on the House floor during the debate on this appropriations a

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