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Larson Votes Against Anti-Immigrant Resolution

March 17, 2016
Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on his vote against H. Res. 639, which will allow Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) to file a brief with the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas on behalf of the entire House of Representatives.

“There is no question our immigration system is in need of repair, which is why I have long supported comprehensive immigration reform--even as Republicans continuously block it from being brought to the floor,” said Larson. “In the absence of Republicans taking legislative action, President Obama took critical steps under his legal authority to keep families from being torn apart. Unfortunately, instead of trying to work constructively to move immigration reform forward, Republicans have decided to try to block the President’s commonsense actions through the courts.  As the Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the President’s actions, I joined over 100 Democrats on an amicus brief supporting the President’s actions.  The resolution brought to the floor today would have the entire House of Representatives support an amicus brief that says just the opposite.  Essentially, Speaker Ryan is asking for the authority to speak on behalf of Members who do not agree with the anti-immigrant sentiments we keep hearing from some on the other side. That is not right. The only reason we are here today is because Congress has refused to put immigration reform on the floor. If we truly wish to make our voices heard, we should do so with our votes.”

Larson signed on to an alternative brief led by Democratic members, which  can be found here.