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Barrow Responds to Allen's Criticism
Monday, 04 August 2014

August 4-UPDATE--  Congressman John Barrow provides us the following statement regarding his vote Friday night on a Republican proposal to stop the influx of illegal immigrants, many of them children, across the U.S. border with Mexico.  His Republican opponent for Congress, Rick Allen of Augusta, criticized Congressman Barrow for his vote.

Congressman Barrow's statement says:

“We’ve got problems at our border, and I can support measures that will address the causes. That's why I support the bill that puts restrictions on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  But I can’t support the supplemental appropriation, because it just throws money at the problem without addressing the underlying cause — the fact that we haven't secured our borders.  We need to enforce the laws we currently have on the books, and we’ve got to get serious about securing the border, or we'll continue to face this problem in the future.” 

Richard Carbo, a spokesman for the Congressman, further amplified on the statement by saying:

"Deferrred Action for Childhood Arrivals is part of the legislation that the "hard righters" were pushing for.  

"It allows young aliens who were brought here illegally before their 16th birthday to apply for a two-year protection against deportation actions and receive work permits. It applies to some 550,000 illegal immigrants who arrived before 2007 and has been blamed by Republicans for encouraging more illegal border crossings, including the surge of a reported 57,000 young immigrants, mainly from Central America, crossing the Texas border in the last in the past 10 months" from the New America.

 

"Also you should know - this bill - which Rick Allen is supporting and hitting us for - is not substantially different than the one that Republicans killed the day before. It only has minor tweaks. Congressman Barrow is a staunch support of only security the border with no amnesty component.  In fact, he has his own legislation that has been endorsed by Numbers USA, the anti-immigration reform/anti-amnesty group, that solely addresses the border issue. 

To say that Rep. Barrow is opening our borders, as they do, would be to completely ignore his entire record and support from border agents and groups who support border security. 

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August 2--  12th District Republican Congressional Candidate Rick Allen criticized Democrat Congressman John Barrow for his vote Friday in the U.S. House regarding the influx of thousands of children across the U.S. border with Mexico. 

Allen released a statement which said, "Congressman John Barrow tonight bowed once again to President Obama and congressional liberals and sided against Georgians on immigration reform.

“John Barrow had a choice to make tonight – to join Georgians in supporting serious
immigration policies that humanely enforce our border security or to turn his vote and
voice over to Obama and Congressional liberals who want to open our borders and put it
on the taxpayers tab.

“He caved to his Washington friends and left us with an exploding immigration mess on
our hands.”

Barrow voted against H.R. 5230 which passed the House Friday evening:

H.R.5230 provides for:

• $405 million for the Department of Homeland Security to boost border security
and law enforcement activities.

• $22 million to accelerate judicial proceedings for immigrants.

• $70 million for National Guard border efforts: $35 million for the federal
deployment of the Guard and $35 million for reimbursing states for their use of
the Guard on the Southern Border.

• $197 million for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide
temporary housing and humanitarian assistance to unaccompanied minors.

• $40 million in repatriation assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
This funding is redirected from within existing foreign aid for Central American
countries so that these repatriation activities are immediately prioritized.

• Amending the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 so all
unaccompanied alien children (UACs) are treated the same as Mexicans for the
purpose of removals. UACs who have a credible fear of persecution or who have
been trafficked must appear before an immigration judge within 14 days of their
initial screening and shall be detained until their appearance.

• Including a “last-in, first-out” policy that priorities the removal of minors that
most recently arrived.

• Authorizing additional temporary judges to help address the increase in traffic on
the southern border.

• Changing the Immigration and Nationality Act to strengthen the law prohibiting
criminals with serious drug related convictions from applying for asylum.
 

 
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