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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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. 
Congress must not fail the DREAMers who are looking to us for protection.  The Senate must not simply give up but work to reach a compromise that can achieve sixty votes and enables DREAMers to stay in this country they call home. 
Madam Speaker, we have four legislative days before those protected by DACA will be at risk. The Speaker has said he was going to address this issue. He has not at this point in time.
I think that the Senate plan certainly is better than the House plan, which was a partisan, defense [funding] only, and left all the domestic agencies without any opportunity to plan for the long term.
We’re going to listen to the President of the United States talk about the state of the union and the state of the union is better because of the DREAMers. 
Well, first of all, Joe, it's very concerning, ought to be very concerning to every American.
President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address tonight, and as we reflect on his first year in office, it is clear that the Trump presidency has so far been defined by chaos and incompetence.
It is my honor to welcome Gabriela Hernandez, a DREAMer from Prince George’s County, Maryland, as my guest for tomorrow’s State of the Union Address