Face of the Immigration Fight

Politico reports that California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard was tapped Wednesday to manage for House Democrats the annual Homeland Security budget bill. As the first Latino to hold this post, she represents a powerful historic symbol at a time when the same bill is caught in a bitter fight over immigration policy between Republicans and President Obama. Roybal-Allard brings to the table the credentials of a Mexican-American grandmother whose focus is on the children left behind when their parents are deported.

“That’s a huge part for me because … a large percentage of these children are American citizens who end up in foster care and lose their parents,” Roybal-Allard said in a brief hallway interview. “And so that is going to definitely be a focus of mine, not just in terms of children but as much as possible, holding families together.”

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