BROWNSVILLE, RGV – U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela says he will have no part of a procedural maneuver in the U.S. House that a could help legalize DREAMers – if it includes funding for a border.
“I’m not ever going to be in a position where I’m going to enable or facilitate border wall funding. It’s just not going to happen,” Vela tweeted in response to a Washington Post story by reporter Mike DeBonis.
The story is headlined:
GOP immigration rebels push forward after Trump promises to veto any bill without wall funding
Vela, a Brownsville Democrat, is quoted in the story, which says that he, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, are “holding out” about President Trump’s proposed border wall.
According to the story, 190 House Democrats have signed on to a petition that could lead to votes on immigration issues, including a longterm pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants. Those Democrats include Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer.
Vela, Cuellar and Gonzalez represent the Rio Grande Valley in Congress. The region has seen the strongest opposition to a border wall.
Here is how DeBonis’ story starts:
House advocates for moderate immigration policies stood at the cusp of forcing votes on bills that would give young undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship — even as President Trump threatened to veto any legislation that did not hew to his hard-line views.
Backers of a rare procedural maneuver that would spark an immigration debate against the wishes of House Republican leaders were five signatures short of reaching the necessary 218 after two Republicans and six Democrats added their names to the discharge petition Thursday.
They signed the petition as conservative and moderate Republicans negotiated with House leaders to avert it — and hours after Trump responded to the effort by pledging to veto any bill that does not build “a real wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Vela is referenced towards the end of the story. It states:
An emerging complication for the discharge proponents isn’t Republicans — it’s Democrats. While 190 House Democrats have signed — including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), who joined Thursday — three are holding out over concerns about Trump’s border wall.
All three — Reps. Henry Cuellar, Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela — represent Texas border districts where the wall is unpopular, and they fear that an immigration debate with Republicans in the House majority would simply pave the way for wall funding.
“I’m not ever going to be in a position where I’m going to enable or facilitate border wall funding,” Vela said in an interview last week. “It’s just not going to happen.”
Asked by a reporter Thursday whether his views had changed, Vela held up his cellphone and showed a news article reporting recent comments from Hoyer indicating that Democrats were willing to negotiate on the border wall.
“What part of ‘no’ do people not understand?” he said.
Click here to read the story.