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Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018

Floor Speech

Date: June 21, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to this Republican-only compromise immigration bill. The only thing that is compromised in this legislation is America's source of strength as a nation of immigrants.

This bill guts asylum protections for those fleeing danger and dashes the hopes of legal immigrants seeking to reunite with family members. It continues this Presidential Ponzi scheme of forcing taxpayers to buy an expensive but useless border wall that Trump promised Mexico would pay for.

As a mother and, frankly, as a human being, this bill makes my stomach turn. Despite Republican crocodile tears, this bill doesn't put an end to the Trump administration's child abuse, and our innocent Dreamers would be forced to navigate a confusing path to citizenship that could take 20 years.

Just like with taxes and healthcare, Republicans just refuse to reach across the aisle to address our Nation's challenges. The President put children on our borders in fenced cages, and Americans were revolted. With this bill, Republicans in Congress are about to put Lady Liberty in a fenced cage, which would be equally revolting.

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