Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo joined Democrats in demanding a resolution on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), stating that he won’t support government funding at the end of the year if a solution isn’t reached. The Congressman broke away from his party and proved he’s willing to shut down the government if a legislative fix for DACA isn’t handled in time for a vote on next year’s budget.
“I’m announcing today that I will not support any appropriations bill that funds the government beyond December 31 unless we get this DACA issue resolved,” Rep. Curbelo said at a IMPAC Fund panel at the University of Miami, according to CNN. The Immigration Partnership & Coalition (IMPAC) Fund is a business non-profit that fights for immigrant rights in Florida.
The new message from Rep. Curbelo is a change in rhetoric and action when it comes to his stance on immigration. Last summer, Rep. Curbelo’s own Political Action Committee (PAC), called What A Country PAC (WACPAC), donated to anti-immigration reform politicians, reports the Miami Herald. One of the politicians that received a donation from Rep. Curbelo’s PAC was Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock, who has made controversial statements regarding immigrants in the past.
“Immigration needs to be done by legislation, not executive order,” Comstock told MSNBC in 2014. “First and foremost, we need to stop playing politics with this, secure the borders and do it. We know how to do it.”
“Fed-Ex can track packages coming in here all of the time, we can track people who are coming into the country and we can do that right,” she added.
A growing number of politicians are banding together, threatening a government shutdown unless something is done to protect undocumented immigrants, particularly those who have been affected by the rescission of DACA. Next year’s budget appears to be the most powerful way of getting the legal legislative fix on immigration they have been demanding.