Press Statement: June 10, 2014
NOT ONE MORE DOLLAR TO TEAR FAMILIES APART
Schiff/Roybal-Allard Amendment would defund deportation of parents and guardians of legal permanent resident and U.S. citizen children and other minors, and those with deep community ties.
Los Angeles – The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) expressed support Tuesday at news that California Representatives Adam Schiff and Lucille Roybal-Allard, both members of the House Appropriations Committee, plan to file an amendment this week seeking to defund the deportation of parents and guardians of US citizen and legal permanent resident children and other minors and those with deep community ties. The amendment to the FY15 Homeland Security Bill that is due to debated in the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday would be a first step to ensure that monies given to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be spent on those who represent true public threats rather than deporting community members with roots in the community.
According to a Family Unity, Family Health study, “How Family-Focused Immigration Reform Will Mean Better Health for Children and Families”: In 2012 alone, 88,517 immigrants who reported to have at least 1 U.S. citizen child were removed from the U.S. Per a June 2013 report by Human Impact Partners: “Last year the U.S. spent more than $1.2 billion to deport parents of U.S.-citizen children.”
The following are statements for Angelica Salas, CHIRLA executive director:
“Today, well over 5.5 million children in the United States have at least one undocumented parent and the stress caused by the fear of deportation, or the actual deportation, of a parent is uniformly negative to a child’s health. It is unconscionable and un-American to expose a single child, let alone millions, to this cruel and unusual anguish and Congress should play no part in funding it.
The Schiff/Roybal-Allard amendment protects the sanctity and integrity of the family unit here in the United States by defunding the deportation of parents and legal guardians of LPR/U.S. citizen children and other minors and those with deep community ties. Not one more American tax payer dollar should be allowed to be spent on the demise of our greatest institution, the family.
Entire communities are impacted by this pervasive fear especially due to the role of local police in helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) locate immigrants to deport. As rumors swirl and people disappear, stress increases and trust in law enforcement is eroded. This puts the children at even greater risk, as real crime (abusers etc.) is not reported due to the fear of deportation.
The Schiff/Roybal-Allard amendment is a partial solution to a much larger problem. Without a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system, our families will continue to suffer. And concurrently, without a more successful implementation of the hitherto failed prosecutorial discretion directives and an overall change to the way ICE interacts with immigrant families in the United States, we will see children torn from their parents.
We urge support for this essential amendment, furthering our common goal of keeping families together while ensuring that ICE focuses its resources on true threats to public safety and not on the members of the community it is meant to protect and serve.”