Securing America's Future Act of 2018

Floor Speech

Date: June 21, 2018
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. LEE. Madam Speaker, I thank the ranking member for yielding me the time and for his tireless advocacy.

Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 4760. This is an anti-immigrant bill, plain and simple: It fails to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers; it dismantles family immigration; it ends the important diversity visa lottery program; it funds $30 billion for Trump's border wall; and it fails to address the horrible zero- tolerance policy.

Why are we moving forward with a bill that does not address the malicious detention of families seeking asylum, a bill that does nothing to reunite the 2,300 children separated from their parents?

These policies are really a disgrace and a stain on our country.

Just imagine the horrors of these families fleeing violence, domestic abuse, but we are not providing refuge. No. Our government--our government--has been ripping children out of the arms of parents. We are holding kids in cages. And now the Trump administration wants to leave whole families, including young children, in jail for extended periods of time.

Locking up kids is child abuse. It is a violation of their human rights. We must ensure that these children are reunited with their families.

Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' on this bill. And as my colleague Congresswoman Chu said, it is about making America White again.