Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018

Floor Speech

Date: June 21, 2018
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD. Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to this cruel partisan effort that does nothing to stop family separation, address the crisis of children already separated from their parents, nor does it fairly address the plight of Dreamers.

Instead of uniting families, it eliminates the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor parents, adult children, and siblings, and it abandons 3 million family members waiting to legally enter our country.

This bill limits access to asylum and eliminates provisions that protect children and their right to seek refuge in our country. It excludes thousands of Dreamers, has no guarantee of citizenship, and does nothing to remove the uncertainty and fear Dreamers have of deportation away from family and the only country they know as home.

This bill is a sham. It authorizes prolonged detentions, funds Trump's border wall, militarizes our borders, weakens child protection laws, and erodes our American tradition of united families. I urge my colleagues to vote against this irresponsible bill.