Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 5, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Immigration


Madam Speaker, I rise today because I am fired up. I am angry about the decision that the President made today on DACA.

I want to thank the thousands of people who have risen up across this country--from Houston, to Philly, to Los Angeles, to Denver--to say that they are going to have their voices heard. They need to continue to sound that voice.

What about the promise the government made to these young people that said: If you come forward and come out of the shadows, we are going to protect your information? What about that promise? I want every DREAMer to know that I stand with them and that I am going to fight like hell here in Congress to make sure that we protect them and to make sure that we honor the promise that we made. These people are our doctors, our teachers, our neighbors, and, in my case, my cousin.

I call on Congress and my colleagues across the aisle who have been speaking up on this issue in support of DACA protections to do more than speak, and to act--to act now and to act fast.