Whether they are trying to deport DREAMers by ending DACA or passing legislation to deport children at the border without giving them a fair process to make their case for refugee status, Republicans have taken their attacks to a whole new level over the past week.
Not one--but TWO--anti-immigrant bills passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week thanks to the Republicans.
The first bill requires the immediate deportation of unaccompanied children who have come to the U.S. border seeking refuge and safety--although they could qualify to stay under current laws. House Republicans passed the bill, heartlessly turning away vulnerable children who risked their lives to escape the violence in their home countries.
The second bill (known as the "No New DREAMers Act") would end DACA--deferred action for DREAMers--essentially, pushing more than 550,000 DACA recipients back into the shadows, while also blocking President Obama from taking further action. By a margin of 216 to 192, this bill passed as well.
The message they are sending to us is crystal clear: the Republican Party has completely turned its back on immigrant communities and American values and has once again become the party that supports deportation for all as the only solution rather than working in a bipartisan manner to fix our broken immigration system.
Now that they have shown their true colors, it's time to for us to take action.