House Passes Immigration Bills, Conaway Explains

House Passes Immigration Bills, Conaway Explains

The House of Representatives passed two republican measures Friday that aim to address the surge of undocumented immigrants crossing our borders. Representative Mike Conaway came home to explain.
The House of Representatives passed two republican measures Friday that aim to address the surge of undocumented immigrants crossing our borders.

The first measure provides emergency funding for our borders, the second aims to defund the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), currently allowing qualified undocumented youth to attend school.

But despite the republican support from the house, the bill is strongly opposed by the white house, most democrats and immigration advocates.

“No one American will get to do this immigration reform exactly the way they want ti. I'm going to have to compromise and everybody across the spectrum will have to compromise,” said Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX Dist. 11).

Art Leal, the President of Una Voz Unida, an immigration advocacy group in the Permian Basin, said the proposal will not pass the senate because of the stipulations added to the bills.

“You cannot reverse the 2008 human trafficking act right now that’s protecting those refugee children that are coming here,” Leal said. “And in the second bill you cannot reverse DACA.”

The two disagree as to what is causing the increase amount of undocumented children at our borders. Conaway said the increase is a result of DACA, while Leal said it’s not a result of DACA, and instead is a long term problem of violence in Central America.

But during his visit to the Texas-Mexico border, Conaway said he was able to see the job of border agents and meet some of the immigrants.

“The desperation and the hopelessness that you sense and feel among the people that we've caught and that we need to send back is, it touches you and if it doesn't then you’re a pretty cold person,” Conaway said.

The house proposals aim to target the immigrants arriving to the US after July 30. But Leal said it was about the ones recently arriving, and the ones who have been here for a long time.

They are graduating from our high schools, they are in our schools and they've been here for several years now.

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