Senator Collins’ (R-ME) Proposal Would Rip Immigrant Families Apart in a Desperate Bid to Keep the GOP Together

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Sen. Collins has called her mass deportation plan a “Sweet Spot” compromise


February 26, 2015
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this month, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) proposed a compromise to Republican party infighting on funding the Department of Homeland Security, referring to it as a “sweet spot” compromise.

Sen. Collins’ bill would undermine President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to provide work permits and deportation relief to nearly five million undocumented immigrants, while keeping a similar executive action on immigration – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program from 2012 – intact.

Now that the Senate is poised to pass a clean bill that funds DHS through September, Sen. Collins’ proposal is likely to come up for a vote soon, in a desperate attempt to keep the fractured Republican party together and appease the party’s extreme anti-immigrant wing.

Lorella Praeli, Director of Policy and Advocacy for United We Dream said,

“Sen. Collins’ bill is a non-starter. My mother will qualify for deportation protection because of the new executive action on immigration. Senator Collins suggests that my sister is worthy of staying because she has DACA, but that our mother, Chela, who has sacrificed everything for us, must continue living in fear.”

“The GOP’s immigration antics have succeeded in doing only one thing: further alienating Latino and immigrant community voters. Their latest great idea is a symbolic vote on deporting parents, keeping millions living in fear and dragging our country backwards on immigration – seriously?

“Maybe one more White House loss will finally teach the GOP Congress that there’s a price to pay for this foolishness.

“Senator Collins calls her proposal a “sweet spot” compromise but I can assure her and the GOP leadership that it’s sure to leave a bad taste in the mouths of millions of voters.”


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