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Loretta Kane,

Latinas Condemn House Vote to Undo Protections for Immigrant Women and Families

H.R. 5759 demonstrates House leadership’s failure to advance humane immigration reforms


Today, in a vote of 219-197, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5759, a bill to eliminate the President's recently announced immigration reforms, which include the expansion of relief to millions of immigrants. Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) issued the below statement in response:

"In the more than 500 days since the Senate passed a comprehensive bill for immigration reform, the U.S. House of Representatives has consistently failed to do their part to address abuses and injustices in our current immigration laws. Time and again, House leadership has used legislation to attack immigrant women and families, for example by voting to eliminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Today, House leadership took another step in the wrong direction by proposing to strip the Executive's lawful authority to defer deportations. This bill would have a devastating impact on immigrant women and families by tearing families apart, extending harmful detention in jail-like facilities, and undermining protections for domestic violence and trafficking survivors. We demand accountability of our lawmakers. Congress must act to address these pressing human rights issues by providing a roadmap to citizenship, reforming punitive enforcement practices, and promoting fairness. We urge the Obama administration to continue to exercise its authority to end record-level deportations, keep families united, and ensure immigrant women and families are able to access the healthcare they need to live healthy lives."

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.