Idaho’s U.S. Reps Send Latino Kids Packing

Idaho’s U.S. Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson both voted to deport young people who were brought to Idaho by their parents. These young people are the kids who have shared classrooms and sports team with all other Idaho kids, except they lack a legal status. Is it compassionate to send them to a foreign land where they have no common language or culture? Want to be pragmatic about it? Fine. Is it smart to banish children who have benefited from our public education system right at the beginning of their productive lives?

We are mainly talking about Latino youth here. Latinos now make up more than 11 percent of Idaho’s population. Idaho Democrats are welcoming this community and will let them know that Idaho’s GOP is doing all it can to harm their economic well-being and tear apart their families.

House sends message to Obama on deportations

The vote was a sharply partisan move on immigration. | Reuters
By SEUNG MIN KIM | 6/6/13

The Republican-led House voted Thursday to cut off funds for an Obama administration initiative to block deportations for DREAM Act immigrants.

The measure was an amendment sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) — one of Capitol Hill’s most prominent critics of illegal immigration – to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. The vote count was 224-201, primarily on partisan lines.

The administration announced last June that it would halt the deportations for so-called DREAM-ers – which refers to young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. To require for the program, immigrants must meet several requirements, such as having come into the country before they were 16 years old, passing background checks, and attending school or serving in the military.

Thursday’s vote was a sharply partisan move on immigration, which has – thus far — generally enjoyed bipartisan cooperation on both ends of the Capitol this year.

Legislation produced by the Senate Gang of Eight cleared the Judiciary Committee last month and will be taken up by the full Senate next week. And a bipartisan group in the House working on comprehensive immigration reform was moving forward with a bill – even as a key member of the group, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), left negotiations following disputes over health care.

Six Republicans opposed the amendment: Spencer Bachus of Alabama, Jeff Denham of California, Michael Grimm of New York, Devin Nunes of California, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and David Valadao of California.

Three Democrats voted with Republicans on the measure: John Barrow of Georgia, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/deportations-dream-act-immigrants-92353.html#ixzz2WDntURbL

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