January 28, 2015
On day of Judiciary Committee hearing for Attorney General, Republicans again attack immigrant communities, deportation relief for millions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of United We Dream, the nation’s largest network of undocumented youth confronted Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today for trying to put Dreamers and families back on the road to deportation.
While the Senators mostly ducked the question, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) responded to UWD and Washington Dream Act Coalition’s Moses Chege saying “I”m a Dreamer too” and went on to say that he believes that the “law should be enforced.”
Followers of politics may recall that Vitter was himself shown prosecutorial discretion when officials declined to pursue a case against him after he admitted to illegally employing sex workers and again when the Senate Ethics Committee declined to pursue complaints against him.
Moses Chege said, “Sometimes you’ve got to laugh to keep from crying about all of the hypocrisy walking around the halls of Congress.
“But that’s why we were on the Hill today, calling out not only Sen. Vitter, but other Republican Senators like Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). The GOP is using everything, including an Attorney General confirmation hearing, to attack our victory and relief from deportation of millions of people like myself, and millions of parents who will now be able to live without the fear of deportation.”
“But like we did with DACA, a program that more than 600,000 people like myself benefit from, we will protect our victory from Republican attacks, and ensure that millions of people sign up for deferred action and are able to live freely in the country they call home.”