The Hispanic Caucus denounces a Republican bill as a "way for mass deportation"
While Democrats and Republicans seek a bipartisan solution for the future of the Dreamers, a handful of conservatives in the House have introduced a bill considered to be the route to mass deportation.
The Congress Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has denounced a migratory proposal introduced by the conservatives in the chamber on Tuesday for considering it a route for mass deportation.
More than 150 conservative Republicans have endorsed the so-called “Goodlatte bill”, written by the members of the Republican Study Committee, Bob Goodlatte, Mike McCaul, Raul Labrador and Martha McSally, who intend to bring it to a vote between in the two Chambers.
The official name of the proposal is "The Securing America's Future Act" or H.R. 4760, and proposes to reinforce border security, increase internal enforcement and resolve the situation for Dreamers, through the requirement of employment contracts for immigrants, the blockade of sanctuary cities, the change of the limits of asylum and reducing legal immigration by 25%, as reported by CNN.
According to an analysis carried out by the CATO Institute, the proposal would represent the largest legal immigration restriction since the 1920s.
That is why the chairwoman of the CHC, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) has called the proposal "The Mass Deportation Act" through an official statement.
"The Mass Deportation Act is a farce of a bill," Lujan Grisham said in a statement. "The bill undermines local law enforcement, it hurts farmers, hurts families, guts legal immigration; and aims to rip apart communities through mass deportation, while only providing Dreamers with temporary protections and no pathway to citizenship."
For Democratic lawmakers, the proposal would be another "poison-pill legislation" to sabotage bipartisan efforts for more sensitive and meaningful protection for immigrant youth.
While some representatives, such as Scott Taylor (R-Va.) consider that the "Goodlatte bill" is "very conservative" to have a real chance to become law, others like Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) have stated that "it reads as if it was drafted by (former presidential advisor) Steve Bannon," The Hill reported.
One way or another, this perverse proposal demonstrates the consolidation of a conservative extremism within the Republican Party that adds to the obstructionism of the White House when it comes to reaching a bipartisan and real agreement that could achieve neutral ground in immigration matters. .