Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) on the House floor today shared the story of Josué Fuentes to urge her colleagues to bring the DREAM Act to the floor for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Josue, a resident of Hawai"i who fled violence in El Salvador as a child, is emblematic of the millions of young people across the country who face the threat of deportation once the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is ended.
Video of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's Speech is Available Here
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:
"Josué Fuentes was brought to Hawai"i from El Salvador when he was 13 years old. He was escaping rampant gang violence and domestic abuse at home. He went to high school in Honolulu, made friends, got a job, but no matter what he did, he couldn't escape the dark shadow cast on his future because of his immigration status.
"Josué described DACA as a weight lifted from his back. He was empowered to apply for college, bought a home, pursued opportunities that any of us would want for our children. Today he's a small business owner -- he owns a landscaping company -- he volunteers at his local church, and continues to give back to the Kāne"ohe community that he calls home.
"I urge my colleagues to sign the discharge petition to bring the DREAM Act to the floor for a vote so we can pass a permanent solution for Josué and millions of DREAMers across the country. Our nation made a promise to these young men and women. We must uphold that promise."
Background: Immigration reform has been one of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's top priorities throughout her time in Congress. She has also co-sponsored two measures to protect families and children, including the DREAMer Information Protection Act (H.R. 532) which prohibits DHS's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) from being used for immigration enforcement proceedings and the BRIDGE Act (H.R.496) which codifies the DACA program.