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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Passage of Congressman Steve King’s Amendment

As the Senate prepares to debate bipartisan commonsense immigration reform next week, House Republicans chose to spend today passing an extreme amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers.”  These are productive members of society who were brought here as young children, grew up in our communities, and became American in every way but on paper.  This amendment, sponsored by Representative Steve King, runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans.  It asks law enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent criminals.  It’s wrong.  It’s not who we are.  And it will not become law.