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Booker Statement on Immigration Vote

February 15, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement on his support of the bipartisan immigration bill, known as the Rounds-Collins amendment, that failed to pass the Republican-controlled Senate today:

“As I have repeatedly said for months, it is a moral imperative that we identify a solution for the many Dreamers who are in crisis following President Trump’s abrupt decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“I did not take this vote lightly – it was one of the most difficult votes I’ve had to take as a U.S. Senator. This bill contained provisions I detested, but it succeeded in providing an immediate solution for nearly two million Dreamers whose lives continue to hang in the balance.”

"Democrats overwhelmingly supported this deal because of what is at stake, and the fact that President Trump and all but eight Republican senators stood in its way — in the way of 1.8 million Dreamers being permitted to stay in the only country most of them have ever truly known — is a tragedy and injustice of epic proportions. My message to Dreamers today is simple: we won’t stop fighting for you until you are recognized by the laws of this country for what you are — Americans.”