Statement ● Immigration
For Immediate Release: 
July 18, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today on House Republicans' political resolution on the Floor, which is a distraction from their failure to address President Trump’s family separation crisis.  Below is a link to the video and transcript of his remarks:
 

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"I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I thank the ICE agents for being present. It's unfortunate that our Republican colleagues are not present doing the business that cries out to be done.

“I'm voting present on this resolution because it's a sham and a distraction. It's an outrageous attempt to hide the continued suffering of children behind the partisans’ attack on Democrats. This is exactly that kind of gotcha vote that alienates the Americans from our government. It's shameless and it's inappropriate.

“Inappropriate because Republicans are not doing a single thing to address the crisis of children still separated from their parents even after a Court ruled that they need to be reunited.

“Democrats refuse to play Republicans' game when it comes to children's well-being and the safety of those who come here seeking asylum. We're not falling for this trap, and you can say we're doing it as much as you want. Democrats support secure borders and honor the service of all those whose lives are put at risk in protecting our country and our people. And I take a back seat to no one in this House over the years supporting our law enforcement personnel.

“But we will neither be silent nor will we cease fighting to bring an end to the dangerous and inhumane policies of the Trump Administration that are traumatizing families and children at our borders, which Senator McCain correctly called 'an affront to the decency of the American people.'

“Shame on the Republican House Majority for putting such blatant partisanship ahead of the children. Shame on you for using our law enforcement agents as pawns in your political games, and I yield back the balance of my time.”