Opposition To New Obama Policy Leaves Brown At Gop Extreme
Somerville, MA – Republican Senator Scott Brown is once again slamming the door on young immigrants who came to America with their parents and have worked to pursue their dreams, said Mindy Myers, Campaign Manager for Elizabeth Warren, as Brown made clear his opposition to President Obama's announcement Friday of a policy change that would allow young, undocumented immigrants to avoid the threat of deportation for two years.
"Scott Brown opposed the Dream Act to help these kids who came to this country with their parents and then worked hard to get an education, to serve in our military, to contribute to their families and communities," said Myers. "Now he's slamming the door on these kids again, by opposing President Obama's decision to give these kids a chance."
"President Obama is taking action because Republican Senator Scott Brown made action and progress on these issues for these kids impossible. And now Scott Brown criticizes the President and calls for Congressional action? Scott Brown remains part of the Republican roadblock," said Myers.
U.S. Senate candidate and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren applauded the President's decision. Brown blasted President Obama's policy, saying that he "opposed this policy in legislative form, and I oppose it today as an executive order." [Fall River Herald, 6/15/12]
Brown's statement reiterates his longtime opposition to reform. In 2010, he voted in support of a Republican filibuster that blocked the DREAM Act even though it had the support of the majority of the senate – including several Republicans [Senate Vote 278, 12/18/2010].
"Our communities are losing out on the talents of young immigrants because of the inaction of Congress. Young people who want to contribute to our nation through military service or through higher education and hard work should be allowed to do so," said Myers. "Brown has stood in the way of thoughtful immigration policy for far too long, supporting the Republican filibuster in the Senate and now opposing the President's new policy. His far right stance robs our nation of talent and young immigrants of their dreams."
Warren supported the President's announcement yesterday, saying:
"These young people did nothing wrong, they were brought to this country by their parents. They have gone to school here or served in the military, and they should be able to continue living and working here. Two years ago, Scott Brown denied the dreams of these young people. His vote to kill the DREAM Act cost our communities and our country, until the President took action today."