NYS Lawmakers to Schumer and Pelosi: Shut It Down!

New York Latino Lawmakers call on Senator Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi to not vote for end-of-year spending bill that does not protect DACA recipients, even if it causes a government shutdown.
December 7, 2017

New York, NY – Today, members of the New York State Legislature, called on Democrat leadership in Washington to refrain from voting to support an end-of-year budget resolution that doesn’t include permanent protections for the 800,000 DACA program enrollees. With Congress scheduled to recess for the holidays and not return till next year, the March 5, 2018 expiration of DACA is rapidly approaching and increasing the possibility that the program will be allowed to expire if stalemate continues.

“We cannot allow the uncertainties created by the looming DACA expiration to continue. We cannot allow debate on this issue to continue till the final tick of the clock on March 4, 2018,” stated Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair of the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. “If it takes shutting down the federal government to force Congress and the Trump Administration to address DACA now, then let it be,” he continued.

According to Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, “Some have said they might not vote on the budget to avoid a government shutdown unless thousands of young immigrants protected under President Obama's Dreamers program are spared its closure. I say good! Let them taste their own obstructionist ways, so evident in the grossly unfair tax bill for the rich rammed through and the eight years of blocking President Obama at every turn.” Sepulveda added, “If you believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling the issue "a non-emergency that we can address anytime between now and March," I've got a bridge (The Willis Avenue) to sell you.”

Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner declared, “At a time when New Yorkers throughout our state are celebrating the joys of the Holiday Season, there are families in our community who do not even know whether they will be forcibly divided from their loved ones. For too many New Yorkers the ‘American Dream’ is in danger of becoming their own personal nightmare and I would urge the Minority in Congress to stand united in support of families who have been contributing so much to the Bronx and our entire state.”

Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo stated, “We must do what is necessary to continue protecting DACA recipients. Since the election of this President, there has been an increasingly hostile environment towards immigrants and other groups. Passing protections to provide stability for DACA recipients is what is best for this nation. The future of thousands of young people who love and contribute to this country depend on something being done. There is already bipartisan support to pass legislation protecting DACA recipients which leaves no excuses.”

State Senator Marisol Alcantara stated, "I urge Congress to reject any spending bill that does not contain a clean DREAM Act. As an immigrant, I feel deeply for the plight of DREAMers as well as for their parents, who are often forgotten in this debate. The criminalization of immigration and of refugees is a shameful policy, and I hope that America can continue to be a place of refuge for people around the world yearning to breathe free."

Assemblymember Ron Kim said, "Hundreds of thousands of young people have been placed in limbo by the irresponsible actions of this administration - their futures in jeopardy because of the cynical politicking of a Majority-controlled House and Senate. I join my colleagues in calling on our colleagues in Congress to stand firm in demanding a fair and humane resolution to the DACA crisis. Holding the fate of innumerable young adults hostage after passing a tax bill to benefit the wealthy is shameful, and our representatives in Washington must do all that they can to ensure real and permanent relief for our country's Dreamers."

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, asserted, “The federal government can’t continue to play games with people’s lives. DACA must continue. I urge our New York delegation to stand firm for DACA. Accept no excuses.”

Assemblyman Jose Rivera stated, “The failure to include permanent protections for DACA enrollees in the budget resolution would be a moral failure of historic proportions. It is ironic that the party that espouses "moral values" would fail to consider the humanity of hundreds of thousands of individuals that give so much to our country. The time to fight back is now and we tell our leaders in Congress clearly and forcefully, shut it down!"

Assemblymember Ron Kim said, "Hundreds of thousands of young people have been placed in limbo by the irresponsible actions of this administration - their futures in jeopardy because of the cynical politicking of a Majority-controlled House and Senate. I join my colleagues in calling on our colleagues in Congress to stand firm in demanding a fair and humane resolution to the DACA crisis. Holding the fate of innumerable young adults hostage after passing a tax bill to benefit the wealthy is shameful, and our representatives in Washington must do all that they can to ensure real and permanent relief for our country's Dreamers."

According to State Senator Jose Peralta, “We have to continue to protect our DREAMers, and we must ensure we defend them especially now, when the possible end of President Obama’s DACA program is more real than ever. Since nothing in the end-of-year budget includes protection for 800,000 DREAMers, of which more than 40,000 are New Yorkers, it is my hope our federal representatives refrain from voting for the budget until protections for our young people are included."

Assemblymember Al Taylor said, “As a representative of a majority-Latino district, it is nothing short of outrageous that the Dreamers, who have complied with the terms of the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, are being threatened with deportation. These young people are not criminals, but are being punished for being brought to the U.S. as children. They are students seeking to better themselves. They are employees who work hard to improve our communities. The only way to fix this problem is to fix our broken immigration system. Congress must make DACA law.”

State Senator Gustavo Rivera stated, "We cannot stand idly by while hundreds of thousands of young DACA recipients around our country are on the verge of losing their immigration status on March 2018. The future of these young immigrants – many of whom have grown-up in our country and have been successful in our education system – should not be considered a “non-emergency” issue that can wait. Some have agreed that this needs to be dealt with immediately and we are calling on our leaders in Congress to not allow a vote on the spending budget if this issue is not addressed."

According to State Senator Jose Serrano, "I am proud to stand with Assemblyman Crespo and members of the Puerto Rican / Hispanic Task Force in calling for a halt on any end-of-year vote that doesn't include protections for the vulnerable 800,000 DACA enrollees. For generations, waves of hard working immigrants have formed the backbone and fabric of our society. These young immigrants deserve an opportunity to succeed in this nation, and I join my colleagues in demanding there be NO vote taken without these critical DACA protections."

Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright stated, “800,000 children and young adults registered with the US government as part of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). They put their trust in the government of the United States, our representatives in Washington DC must honor that trust and show “Dreamers” and the world that our government is worthy of such trust by assuring protections for DACA recipients.”