I feel compassion for DREAMers who face uncertain futures due to choices not their own. We in Congress should take this opportunity to reform our legal immigration system, not only to find a permanent solution to the plight of these individuals but also to ensure that immigrants can contribute to our society and economy. We must develop policies that create both opportunity and long-term stability for our country as a whole. — Tom Reed
Is Tom Reed Compassionate? Let’s review his record.
- He voted against keeping the government open in 2013 potentially putting many out of work.
- He voted against SNAP funding.
- He voted for higher student loan interest rates.
- He voted for a health care bill which would have deprived many of his constituents of affordable health care.
Reed is compassionate in a pig’s eye. His feigned compassion for “dreamers” is a transparent political ploy.
Compassionate? I don’t think so. Let’s just call Reed a chameleon. He will change his position to whatever he thinks will benefit his political career and reelection chances. On August 1 2014 Tom Reed voted yes on H.R.5272 which if passed into law would have effectively ended DACA.
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Immigrants work our farms and without them the prices of our food will rise exponentially as we are starting to see already. They need somewhere to live, clothes on their backs and they need to eat– so yes they already help build our economic growth rate. Many through no fault of their own want to work and will do the jobs many refuse to take. If it wasn’t for constant cuts to Immigration and Customs I believe we would have more legal citizens. They don’t collect SNAP and other handouts, they’re too proud and want to pay their way.
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Tom based his claim to have compassion for dreamers partly on his belated decision to cosponsor H.R. 1468. He implied that this bill is bipartisan, but it is a Republican bill with only Republican cosponsors. H.R. 1468 was introduced in March; Tom added his name on Aug. 1.
A similar bill was introduced in the 114th Congress as H.R. 5533. It died in committee. Tom Reed was not a cosponsor.
Clearly Tom decided to add his name to H.R. 1468 when he became concerned that President Trump would abandon the dreamers. He did it not out of compassion but out of self-interest.
Please elaborate on this statement “He voted against keeping the government open in 2013 potentially putting many out of work.”
Potentially putting “dreamers” (illegal aliens) out of work?
I might better have written “He voted to continue the government shutdown in 2013 potentially keeping many out of work for an indefinite time.” This refers to government employees including Reed’s staff. Reed promised to forego his salary, but took it nonetheless. Searching for “shutdown” on newny23rd finds many interesting articles. Here is one from a mainstream news source:
Teflon Don confounds Democrats == Democrats have attacked the president every which way, but polling and focus groups show none of it’s working.
And of course, this applies to Tom Reed.