CAPAC Chair Judy Chu on Trump Executive Order and GOP Immigration Bills

Jun 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order and House Republican immigration proposals that harm immigrant families:

“Over the past few weeks, the world has watched, horrified, as Donald Trump falsely claimed that he could do nothing to stop family separation at our ports of entry, even though he is the very one who created this humanitarian crisis. Although Trump could have ended this inhumane policy weeks ago, it was only after facing tremendous public outrage that he decided to reverse his policy. But let’s be clear, the executive order that he signed yesterday isn’t intended to help migrant children. It will imprison them indefinitely along with their parents and makes no mention of the 2,300 children who have already been cruelly separated from their families.

“Instead of allowing us to vote on real solutions to address Trump’s manufactured crisis, Speaker Ryan has chosen to put two partisan immigration bills on the House floor. Thankfully, the anti-immigrant Goodlatte bill (H.R. 4760) that we voted on today did not pass. Not only did that bill fail to address family separation at our borders, but it would have decimated our legal, family immigration system through which the vast majority of Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants have come to this country.

“Despite the failure of the Goodlatte bill, the House is still expected to take up Speaker Ryan’s anti-family immigration proposal (H.R. 6136) next week. Like Trump’s executive order, this bill does nothing to address the Administration’s zero tolerance policy and continues to use innocent children as bargaining chips to advance an anti-immigrant agenda. These shameful actions are completely unacceptable and do not reflect our values as a nation.”  

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.