Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Democrats stand with DREAMers and are fighting to bring the DREAM Act to the Floor.

The United States is a nation of immigrants and we recognize the contributions that Americans who came to this country from all over the world have made. That’s why House Democrats continue to work for common sense, comprehensive, and balanced immigration reform: reform that secures our borders, respects the rule of law, and provides immigrants with a fair chance of achieving the American Dream.

Meanwhile, President Trump and his Administration have worked to instill fear in communities by splitting families apart and threatening to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was established under the Obama Administration to protect immigrant children brought to the United States by their parents through no fault of their own. In addition, President Trump continues to call on American taxpayers to foot the bill for an ineffective and costly border wall.

Democrats strongly oppose Trump’s reckless enforcement policies and believe that Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform. Comprehensive reform is not only the morally right thing to do, but it is also good for our economy and will help our fiscal outlook. According to the Congressional Budget Office, comprehensive immigration reform would reduce the deficit by $900 billion over the next twenty years, including $200 billion in the first decade alone.

Comprehensive immigration reform is supported by a majority of Americans, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the agriculture community, the technology community, the faith community, and others. Democrats continue to urge House Republicans to allow the House to work its will and bring immigration reform legislation up for a vote.

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Once again, Donald Trump has revealed the malice with which he regards people unlike himself.
Every ten years, as long as the Constitution has been in effect, the United States has taken a Census of everyone who lives here.
Reports that the Department of Homeland Security will begin separating parents from children at the border are extremely disturbing. 
Once again, the Trump Administration is ignoring humanitarian concerns and common sense as it embraces the most draconian and xenophobic policies of the far right. 
Last week, 245 House Democrats and Republicans joined together in an effort to allow consideration of four separate measures to address the DACA crisis created by President Trump. This effort, led by Reps. Jeff Denham and Pete Aguilar, would allow debate and votes on four bills: Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s proposal, the bipartisan Dream Act, the bipartisan USA Act, and a bill offered by Speaker Ryan.
I have said that the House ought to work its will on legislation to protect DREAMers, and this rule shows that a majority of Members in the House want to take action.
The Trump Administration’s decision to add an untested citizenship question to the Census is an attack on immigrant communities and on integrity of the 2020 Census.
This week in session was once again marked by Republicans refusal to address tough issues and work with Democrats in a bipartisan fashion.
The Speaker, Mr. Speaker, appeared on television on a Town Hall on CNN, some 14 months ago. He made a promise at a CNN Town Hall to a DREAMer that asked him a question.
After the President terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he issued a six-month delay and asked Congress to find a permanent legislative solution to allow DREAMers to remain here.
When President Trump unnecessarily ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September, he issued a six-month delay and asked Congress to take action allowing DREAMers to stay here by the March 5 deadline. 
The Supreme Court’s rejection of the Trump Administration’s request to expedite the deportation of hundreds of thousands of young DREAMers does not mean Congress has any less urgency to resolve this crisis of the President’s own making.