July 17, 2018
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement after voting present on H. Res. 990, a resolution supporting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This resolution does not address America’s need for comprehensive immigration reform.
“I do not support abolishing ICE. I support the men and women who serve in Immigration and Customs Enforcement who are focused on the agency's original mission—our national security.
“However, I strongly oppose the anti-immigrant policy direction of the Trump Administration and congressional Republicans that has, among other things, ripped children away from their parents while they seek asylum.
“The language of this resolution is unnecessarily antagonistic toward immigrants, and does not reflect the true American spirit or attitudes of families seeking better lives for their children.
“Rather than enacting political statements, Congress should address the country's real need for broader immigration reform to protect Dreamers, enhance cargo screening at the border, and combat drug trafficking. These are consistent with securing our border and keeping our nation safe.”