Bring Up The DREAM Act

Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 12, 2017
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. Speaker, Congress--and, actually, Congress today-- should act to pass the Dream Act. House Democrats are working to pass a permanent solution to protect 800,000 DREAMers, children who were brought here to the United States by their parents through no fault of their own, many of them as very young children. America is the only country they know. They have registered with the government. They pay their taxes. They make great contributions to our society.

We have to ask ourselves: Do we want to deport these youngsters from the only country they have ever known? Is that the morally right question?

We can argue the economics, and I can argue that it is an economic mistake to lose these individuals, but it is essentially a moral question. If a Member of Congress believes that we should deport 800,000 productive people who only know this country, who were brought here as children, then come to the floor of the House and put that on the record. Vote ``yes'' or ``no,'' but bring up the Dream Act.

This is an important question, and it is the work of Congress, and we should do it now.