Washington—Today, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, spoke against an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which blocks funds needed to implement President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This policy, initially implemented by the President last June, allows young people who came to this country as children without the proper documentation to share in the American Dream as entrepreneurs, businesspeople, teachers and first responders. It was a victory not only for the DREAMers who worked so hard for the policy, but for all of us who stand to benefit from their contributions.

 

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Full transcript below:

REP. DOGGETT: Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of young DREAMers, young people brought as children without proper documentation to this country. Young people willing to work hard to share in the American Dream; young people who have so much to offer America.

Today, 220 House Republicans said no to their dream by voting to terminate the program that allows them to stay legally. These Republicans, by their votes, said no to an essential element of comprehensive immigration reform at the very time the Senate is about to take up that measure.

To those Republicans who say, “No, we can’t,” we need more and more Americans who insist, “Yes, we can.”

When we harness the energy of these youth, when we reform our immigration laws in a comprehensive way, we will create an America as good as their dream.