Today, Chairman Charles A. Gonzalez (TX-20) criticized a pending lawsuit aimed at the Administration for its recent deferred action for childhood arrivals directive. The suit was filed by Kansas Secretary of State and Romney immigration advisor Kris Kobach on behalf of ten Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees. Congressman Gonzalez issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit:
“As chief proponent of Arizona’s infamous extreme immigration policy, Kris Kobach’s attachment to this lawsuit signals that this case is nothing more than an instance of cheap political theater.
“Since the Administration has prioritized targeting undocumented criminals over young students who haven’t violated any U.S. laws, ICE agents, including the plaintiffs in this case, have been able to more effectively protect communities by not wasting their precious and limited manpower, time, funding and energy. It is my hope that the agents who have allowed themselves to be drawn into the political arena do not lose precious time away from their duties in apprehending undocumented immigrants engaged in criminal activities as they pursue this frivolous lawsuit.
“The new deferred action policy for DREAMers not only makes a positive impact on our economy, but it is the right thing to do for young people that are American in every way except on paper. These young people have been raised in this country, educated in our schools, and pledge allegiance to our flag, and now thanks to President Obama, they will have an opportunity to more fully contribute to the country they love.
“Additionally, as long as the Republican party aligns itself with the extreme immigration stances of officials like Kris Kobach, they will continue to alienate and distance themselves from the interests of the Hispanic community.”