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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Rep. Lujan Grisham Joins in Rejecting Anti-Immigrant Goodlatte Bill

Jun 22, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Lujan Grisham Joins in Rejecting Anti-Immigrant Goodlatte Bill

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement after voting against the anti-immigrant Goodlatte bill, H.R. 4760, “Securing America’s Future Act.”

“Today, I voted with the majority of House Members to defeat the extreme Goodlatte bill because it offers minimal protections for Dreamers and fails to end the inhumane practice of family separation while prioritizing billions upon billions of dollars on a wasteful border wall and enacting changes to our legal immigration system that would devastate New Mexico’s economic future.

“Our state benefits from immigration but the provisions in this reckless bill would slash the number of visas available for businesses to grow and impose an error-prone E-verify system that would cripple the state’s agriculture, restaurant, hotel, and construction industries. These mandates coupled with an unprecedented 45 percent cut to legal immigration would lead to the loss of jobs and increase worker shortages in every major segment of our economy.

“Further, instead of addressing our state’s workforce needs through smart government investments, this bill authorizes $25 billion for the construction of a wasteful border wall that would strain our critical international trade relationship with Mexico.

“New Mexico’s Dreamers fill critical roles as teachers, nurses, and entrepreneurs. Knowing that their contributions are vital to our economic future, it’s indefensible to vote for legislation billed as a solution for Dreamers when it only offers these bright, young people with temporary protections and no pathway to citizenship.

“I remain committed to fighting for bipartisan immigration legislation that fulfills our promise to protect Dreamers, finds evidenced based measures to strengthen and protect our borders, and contributes to our economic growth.”