Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after supporting the passage of H.R. 5230, a bill which makes supplemental appropriations to address the current immigration crisis on the southwestern border for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and the passage of H.R. 5272, a bill which establishes prohibitions for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“It’s disappointing that these bills, which address the 50,000 unaccompanied minors that have come here illegally this year alone and make critical immigration reforms, will join hundreds of others waiting for consideration by the Senate, which is – again – unwilling to take action and is already home for August recess. The root of this crisis is our open border. It has been exacerbated by President Obama’s refusal to enforce America’s immigration laws. Unfortunately, it will only get worse until we address the loopholes that allow these unaccompanied minors to stay here and provide the resources necessary to boost our border’s security and quickly process, adjudicate, and reunite these children with their families – in their home countries where they belong. I will continue to work with my House colleagues to find and pass thoughtful, conservative solutions to appropriately address this crisis and the many other challenges facing our nation.”
Congressman Steve Womack represents Arkansas’s Third Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees.