August 6, 2014
This letter comes to you as the House of Representatives winds down its legislative session and Members return to their home districts for the remainder of the month. Fortunately, the House was able to pass two important immigration bills before the August recess: The first House bill, adopted last Friday, would allocate $694 million while modifying a 2008 anti-human-trafficking law to make it easier to deport unaccompanied minors who have flooded across the United States border in recent months. The second bill would block the Obama administration from continuing to enforce a 2012 executive action, known as the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which delays most deportations for children who arrived in the United States before 2007.
Both pieces of legislation will hopefully deter parents from sending their children on the long and dangerous journey from Central America.Throughout the month of July, many reporters have asked me about what we should do about the flow of immigrant children into our nation. I sat down with Patrice Sanders of Fox 45 Morning News a week ago for a chat on immigration. Click below to watch the interview.
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Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in Congress!
Andy Harris, M.D.
MEMBER OF CONGRESS