U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey took a stand yesterday, as his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass an amendment cutting funding for a program by President Barack Obama’s administration that lets young undocumented immigrants work and live in the United States.
Veasey, D-Fort Worth, spoke out against, the amendment.
“I stand here today greatly saddened and disappointed in this House of Representatives,” he said. “This last minute amendment goes beyond the pale of discrimination by prohibiting funding to implement President Obama’s Deferred Action Plan from last year that would protect DREAMERs from deportation. This poison pill amendment endangers 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who have no home other than the United States and only want a fair shot at an education and opportunity to pursue their passions out of the shadows.
“I voted against final passage of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill because this amendment was allowed to be passed by the Republican majority and I am deeply saddened that over 220 of my colleagues in this chamber want to shatter those DREAMS.”-- Anna M. Tinsley