Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted against the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015, H.R. 240. House Republicans included "poison pill" amendments to the bill to fund homeland security that would roll back important immigration reforms and prevent the Department from targeting enforcement resources on deporting felons and violent criminals.
"Recent terrorist attacks in Paris give us a stark reminder of how important it is to vigilantly protect our national security. Yet House Republicans are threatening to shut down Department of Homeland Security operations unless Congress rolls back sensible, humane immigration reforms. We should not play political games with our national security. Instead, we should responsibly fund the Department of Homeland Security and focus our limited national security resources on deporting violent criminals rather than breaking up families and deporting students who are just trying to achieve the American dream," said Esty.
Esty is a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders, ensures everyone pays their fair share of back taxes, keeps families together, protects workers, and includes an earned path to citizenship for hard-working immigrants.