Republican-led Shutdown Requires a Quick Resolution

January 19, 2018

Juan Gastelum,, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess,, 202-384-1279

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Congress has failed to approve any measure to keep the federal government funded and running past Friday, initiating a partial shutdown. This is the first time in modern history that the federal government could shut down while one party has majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the White House.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement:

“Our government is shutting down because President Trump and Republican leadership have exhibited an inability to perform the most basic functions of their jobs. Instead of working across the aisle to achieve meaningful solutions to our country’s most pressing issues, they have chosen to engage in partisan bickering and finger-pointing. Their dysfunction is what is throwing millions of Americans into uncertainty.

“It’s shameful that partisan politics continue to prevent Congress from getting done what Americans almost unanimously agree is necessary to move our country forward. In this critical moment, we urge you, our country’s elected leaders, to put political games aside and come together to quickly resolve this impasse. Millions of Americans, including Dreamers, sick children, and public servants, are counting on you.”


Republican Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act Are Sickening

May 2, 2017

Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149,

WASHINGTON — The Republicans in the House of Representatives have unveiled another attempt to jam through their deeply unpopular bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This amended version of the so-called American Health Care Act, blessed by key members of the Freedom Caucus, would do nothing to stop 24 million people from losing health insurance and would instead further open the doors to allow states to undo many of the protections that allowed millions of people to purchase quality insurance.

Below is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center Immigrant Justice Fund:

“After failing in such a spectacular fashion in March, Republicans in Congress and the White House are at it again, with even more insidious tactics. They have once again shown little regard for the health of millions of working families, putting politics and their agenda ahead of this nation’s health.

“Although the Affordable Care Act has not been a comprehensive solution our country’s health care needs, it has allowed tens of millions — including many thousands of immigrant families — to get the care they need to stay healthy. Republican attempts to strip millions of the insurance they now have is cruel, and this amendment makes it even worse. Members of Congress must continue to resist.”

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