Reed Votes to Punish Dreamers, Damage Economy

Last Friday night, just before 10 p.m., our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, voted to send the dreamers home.

Who are the dreamers? They are young immigrants brought here by their parents as children. They have learned English. They have been going to school. Some have joined the military They are fully integrated into American society. As President Obama puts it, “They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.”

In June 2012, despairing of any congressional action on immigration, the President launched the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which has deferred deportation proceedings for 587,000 dreamers. These are young people brought to the United States before their sixteenth birthday and who were under 31 as of June 15, 2012. They must have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007. To win DACA status, these young people had to show that they were in school or high school graduates, or honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces.

These are the people Rep. Reed would send home — more than half a million educated young men and women of working age who would otherwise be contributing to the U.S. economy and paying taxes — Social Security taxes not least among them.

Rep. Louis Gutierrez (D-IL) had this to say: “Only cowards scapegoat children, and only those who are ashamed of themselves do it after hours on a Friday night.”

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6 Responses to Reed Votes to Punish Dreamers, Damage Economy

  1. whungerford says:

    The House also passed H.R.935, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring a permit for the discharge of a regulated pesticide into navigable waters.

    Republicans said the extra permit requirement did not provide any health or environmental benefits. Democrats said eliminating the permit would potentially harm public health. Rep. Reed voted AYE.
    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll470.xml

  2. BOB McGILL says:

    does this include farmers ? Farmers are the biggest sourse of pesticide discharge, especially vineyards.

  3. Deb Meeker says:

    A good reason why the EPA needs to be strengthened, not weakened. Tom Reed never saw a regulation he liked – unless it was protecting his properties or other interests.

  4. josephurban says:

    I hope it includes farmers. Pollution is pollution, no matter what the source.

  5. BOB McGILL says:

    read the FLTimes article on blue green algae in todays paper and see what causes it. This algae was confirmed in Cayuga Lake 3 years ago, I saw it this week in a large puddle near the Cylde River Tuesday. It was in a retention pond at Lowes, in Waterloo, last year. I’ll give you a tip, agriculture and your sewage. We don’t need any more farms we need manufacturing, but you hate corporations, don’t you.

  6. Anne says:

    We don’t need farms? How do we ‘manufacture’ our food supply otherwise?

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