Last month we helped make news exposing Steve Pearce’s two-faced comments about Central America. Even though it was too dangerous for him and his fellow Congressmen to leave their hotel, Pearce concluded that children should immediately be sent back to their home countries because they were perfectly safe.
Even Steven Colbert got in on the act.
Now Congressman Pearce has taken his animosity towards Latino immigrants to a whole new level.
Before a Republican Party event last night in Downtown Albuquerque, several DREAMers and local immigration advocates attempted to talk to Steve Pearce about his votes. Since Pearce has voted time and time again to tear up DREAMers’ legal resident cards, one woman offered to let Pearce tear up her resident card on the spot. A member of the group shared the video with us. Here’s what happened:
After meeting a group of fellow New Mexicans on his way to a Republican Party event, Pearce turned away and stepped up his gait to rush into the safety of the closed-door event down the hall.
Pearce’s votes are pretty low, but to ignore fellow New Mexicans his votes impact is downright disrespectful.
How did we get here? Here’s a recap.
Before the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives began their five week summer break last Friday, they needed to take a few last minute votes aimed at addressing the influx of refugee women and children we are seeing in our border states from Central America.
He voted to deny help to refugee women and children by aggressively militarizing our border and to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that grants work permits and two years of deportation relief to DREAMers. Just all in a day’s work for Congressman Pearce.
This is how Congressman Steve Pearce and the Republican led majority of the U.S. House of Reps thinks we should address a refugee crisis. By deploying our military to our border to ensure that no refugee makes it to a safer state, and to target young people who fled their countries as children and are already in the U.S. – many here in New Mexico.
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan who voted against both of the anti-immigrant bills had strong responses.
Washington, DC – Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement after voting against two House Republicans’ bills that repealed vital humanitarian and anti-trafficking provisions for children fleeing trafficking, persecution, or violence in their home countries and to revoke DACA for DREAMers.
“At a time when Congress should be standing together showing America’s strength and moral leadership, it is instead a divided body creating an even more divided America. These measures are not intended to address the problem at its root or initiate comprehensive immigration reform. Rather their purpose is to cease humanitarian and anti-human trafficking protections for the mothers and children at our borders and remove protections for DREAMers, kids who were brought here through no fault of their own and have only known America as their home.
“Because of the actions of House Republicans, these mothers, children and students have all become victims of politics. Instead of working with Democrats to pass comprehensive reform, House Republicans are destroying diversity in this country.”
LUJAN STATEMENT ON HOUSE REPUBLICAN BILLS THAT UNDERMINES HUMAN TRAFFICKING LAW AND PROTECTIONS FOR DREAMERS
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement tonight on House Republicans’ legislation that fails to provide adequate funding for the humanitarian crisis at the border, weakens a human trafficking law, and eliminates protections for DREAMers.
“The legislation introduced today by House Republicans fails to live up to the values that make our nation so great. Children from Central American, children as young as five years old, have risked their lives to escape extreme violence that has gripped Guatamala, El Salvador, and the murder capital of the world, Honduras.
“Instead of working with Democrats in a bipartisan manner to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the humanitarian crisis on the border and fixes our broken immigration system, House Republicans have veered even further to the extreme right. Their legislative package weakens protections for victims of violence and human trafficking, fails to provide the resources necessary to improve the situation at the border, and weakens protections for DREAMers – kids who were brought here through no fault of their own and have worked to build a better life for themselves and their communities. In addition, it makes a distressing change for victims of domestic abuse who are seeking a visa to stay in the country. By eliminating the ability for a victim to continue working during the application process, it would leave many victims unable to make a living, increasing the chances they would have to rely on their abuser during that period.
“Pope Francis said, ‘this humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.’ Sadly in the House of Representatives, those words and that sentiment have been ignored by my Republican colleagues.”
We know this isn’t over – stay tuned for more updates on deferred action, the refugee crisis, and immigration reform. We hear a big announcement from the White House should be coming soon. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates.