Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 9, 2010
Location: Washington, DC


* Mrs. CAPPS. Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my strong support for H.R. 1751, the American Dream Act.

* Each year, thousands and thousands of exemplary students graduate from high school and find their dreams of securing a job or attending college deferred because of their immigration status.

* These kids worked diligently through high school just like their peers, often taking Advanced Placement classes to give themselves a leg-up in the college application process.

* But through no fault of their own, these students face an unsurpassable obstacle: their status as an ``undocumented'' American. In honor of each of these ambitious young people, I am proud to support the DREAM Act tonight.

* This bipartisan legislation provides undocumented young people in the United States with conditional residency and a pathway to citizenship if they came here before the age of 16 and maintained a continuous residency for 5 years. These young people must also graduate from high school or obtain a GED, have no criminal records and either serve their country in the military or attend college for at least two years.

* Since the first introduction of this legislation in 2001, an untold number of accomplished and determined immigrant students have been denied the right to citizenship, at severe cost to our nation economically and socially.

* I am proud to not only count myself among DREAM Act supporters, but also as an active recruiter to convince some of my more conservative colleagues to sign their name on, too.

* Tonight is a wonderful night for countless talented young people across our nation. I will proudly vote ``yes'' on the American DREAM Act.