Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 4760, the Securing America's Future Act last week, and H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act today.
"Today was another disappointing, ugly day of partisan politics in Washington. Liberals in Congress have proven that securing our nation's borders is not their priority in an immigration solution. In order to prevent President Trump from achieving his promise to provide security to the American people, neither this bill, nor the one last week, received a single Democrat vote. These bills also provided an opportunity to codify a permanent solution to the family separation issue that has been in the news the past few weeks," said McKinley.
"Unfortunately, it appears that liberal Democrats prefer to keep immigration as a campaign issue rather than find a resolution, and now they have voted down a bill that addressed DACA and sanctuary cities. Let's put this in historical context. From 2009-2014, Democrats controlled the White House and one or both chambers in Congress. At that time, they could've passed immigration reform, but they didn't," McKinley said.
"Passing legislation is a process, and the vote today represented a chance to move closer to a resolution. But by defeating these bills, they've ensured the status quo remains in place and with it, uncertainty," McKinley added.