Press Release ● Immigration
For Immediate Release: 
January 11, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined CNN's New Day today to discuss the urgent need for a legislative solution to protect DREAMers. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:    

Click here to watch the full interview.

“[Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator John Cornyn, and myself] believe central to any action that we take is the protection of the DREAMers, making sure that they stay here in this country, the only country that they really know, and a policy that is supported by the overwhelming majority of the American public and I would suggest apparently supported [by President Trump] he was articulating his support of that with [Senator] Dianne Feinstein. Senator Grassley said the same thing. At the end of the meeting the President said, ‘is there anybody here in the room,’ and there were 24 Members, 17 Senators, 7 House members. ‘Is there anybody in this room who disagrees with protecting the DREAMers?’ Now he said DACA, but the DREAMers, and no one indicated any opposition to that. So I think there's a consensus. I think there's an overwhelming majority of the House, I think there's a majority of the Senate who all, once a bill gets to the Floor which protects DREAMers, we’ll vote for it. That's what we're discussing.”

“This is a very, very serious matter. It needs to be resolved. Eighty-six percent of the American people think that there's no good policy sending these young people back to a country they don't know, a place that they haven't grown up in. They're Americans in every sense of the word and they're extraordinary. Those of us who have met DREAMers are just so impressed with their commitment to this country and their commitment to positive value-added actions for our country and their communities.”

“The President is concerned about security at the border. We're concerned about the security at the border. I think there's an overwhelming opinion that we need to maintain security at the border. How you get there will have to be discussed. The President talks about a wall. [Democrats] talk about other items that we think will be much more effective and that will have a much greater consensus. We think, frankly, the building of the wall, its cost is not justified either by its efficiency or effectiveness.”