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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Tonight, House Democrats, led by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, began the process of gathering support among Members on both sides of the aisle to bring the DREAM Act to the Floor for a vote before the end of this month. 


House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following video of over 50 House Democrats urging Republicans to bring H.R. 3440 – the Dream Act of 2017 – to the Floor in order to permanently protect DREAMers. Each Member inserted stories of DREAMers into the Congressional record.


The Democrats are not euphoric today. One of the reasons we're not euphoric is because earlier this week 800,000 people, young people, were put at risk by the Attorney General, apparently at the request of the President, saying that they were not going to pursue DACA.


Wanted to make sure you all saw the PQ vote this afternoon. This was Republicans’ first chance to vote with us to bring up the bipartisan and bicameral DREAM Act. This was their opportunity to show the American people they want a permanent legislative solution to protect DREAMers. Instead, they all voted to prevent the bill from being brought to the Floor, standing with President Trump and against 76% of Americans who want to see DREAMers remain in this country.  

House Democrats are on the House Floor right now asking for unanimous consent that the House bring H.R. 3440 – the bipartisan and bicameral Dream Act – to the Floor in order to permanently protect DREAMers.

"Thank you very much, Madam Chair. This is about all of us. Not just one part of us, but all of us.


Remember when President Trump loved polls? Talked about them at every rally? Well, here’s a poll President Trump should take a look at. According to a Morning Consult and Politico poll conducted over the last week, over 76% of Americans want DREAMers to stay in the United States – including a plurality of Republicans.


This morning, President Trump’s Administration announced its intention to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has allowed 800,000 young people who have grown up here in the U.S. and only know this country as home to stay here and continue to contribute to the American economy.


This announcement, which in spite of its consequence President Trump chose not to make himself, signals a dark day in our nation's history.


President Trump is mistaken if he believes splitting up families and deporting people who were brought here as small children and have known no other home comports with American values or will make our country greater.


The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program represents America at its best: a nation that seeks justice and opportunity for those who were brought here as children and have grown up wanting nothing more than to live in the nation they love and contribute to building its future. 


On this fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, I’m proud to stand with DREAMers to demand that the President allow the DACA program to continue.