Congressman Matt Gaetz Votes Against Border Security and Immigration Reform Act
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018, which was defeated in the House by a vote of 121-301:
“Today’s immigration ‘compromise’ bill did not live up to the promises Republicans made to the American people. Not only did this legislation provide a pathway to citizenship for millions who are in our country illegally, it allows them to sponsor their family members—many of whom were responsible for illegally bringing them into the country in the first place. This is unfair to the millions of people waiting in line and following the proper legal procedures for green cards and, eventually, citizenship.
Though I admired the emphasis on border security found in the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018, the fact remains that this bill did little to address the causes of our broken immigration system: it does not require the implementation of E-Verify, does not end chain-migration, and does nothing to address the crisis of dangerous and lawless ‘sanctuary cities.’
I voted against this bill, and its resounding defeat in the House shows just how unpalatable it was to Republicans and Democrats alike. This bill was not the sort of bold immigration reform that America supported when it elected Donald Trump to be President, nor does it reflect the priorities of a conservative-led legislature. The immigration debate is far from over, but in the future, we must do better,” Rep. Gaetz said.