Brooks Votes Against Weak Border Security
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) provided the following statement after voting against H.R.6:
“There is no question that our immigration system is in desperate need of repair, but as I have said before, we must find compassionate solutions that will fix our broken immigration system while prioritizing our nation’s security. Unfortunately, H.R. 6 is not one of those solutions.
“I have supported in the past and will continue to support compassionate legislative solutions that provide DACA recipients, individuals who were brought to this country by no fault of their own and currently make positive contributions to the social and economic well-being of the United States, reassurance they will be able to continue living their lives as they always have.
“H.R. 6 goes too far and under this bill, a much larger group of immigrants would be eligible for green cards and a special pathway to citizenship whether they entered the country legally or illegally, regardless of how old they are now, and whether or not they are DACA recipients. This bill would provide a fast-track path to green cards and citizenship to any immigrant who entered the U.S. under the age of 18 and who is present in the U.S. for four years prior to the date of enactment, which is unfair to every immigrant who has gone through the legal channels to obtain green cards or citizenship.
“Furthermore, loopholes in this bill would allow individuals convicted of dangerous crimes, including gang members and violent criminals, to receive a green card. This bill dangerously prohibits the use of gang databases in order to deny green cards to gang members. These databases are essential in determining whether or not immigrants who are applying for residency and/or citizenship are members of gangs or violent criminals.
“Disappointingly, H.R. 6 also neglects to address border security and fails to address our most pressing immigration issue – the crisis at our southern border. H.R. 6 is weak on border security and would make the immigration crisis our country is experiencing even worse. We need to work together to craft immigration solutions that both strengthen our borders and reform our immigration system while respecting the rule of law and compassionately upholding our values as a nation of immigrants.”