Hear Congressman Joe Crowley Speak Out Against Homeland Security Legislation

Yesterday, Congressman Joe Crowley (14th District for Queens and The Bronx), voted against House Republicans’ Homeland Security funding legislation that includes radical anti-immigration amendments to block President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration reform, as well as upend the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (known as DACA), which protects undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children.

In a fiery speech on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Crowley spoke out against the Republican majority and their playing politics with the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. In his speech, he told those who oppose immigration rights to propose a separate bill and let it come to a vote: “If you genuinely think that the best way to handle our immigration system is to deport parents who are trying to feed their families, instead of true criminals; If you want to deport children raised in this country as Americans; If you want to destroy all our recent economic gains – a sucker punch to the economy – by deporting 11 million people at a cost of $285 billion; Then you know what? Bring up a bill and let’s have a real debate.”

“Our homeland security programs are more important than these kinds of political games. They deserve the bipartisan, negotiated approach that marked this bill all through the fall.”

Listen to Congressman Crowley’s speech here:

As was stated in yesterday’s column in conjunction with Congressman Engel’s statement, I urge that we as Americans, no matter what party we are affiliated with or what our ideology, should contact the the Republican members from New York and tell them to stop playing politics with our security:

Lee Zeldin 202-225-3826

Peter King 202-225-7896

Chris Gibson 202-225-5614

Elise Stefanik 202-225-4611

Richard Hanna 202-225-3665

Tom Reed 202-225-3161

John Katko 202-225-3701

Chris Collins 202-225-5265