Rep. Roybal-Allard Speech on Effort to Bring Her Dream Act to House Floor
Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) gave a House speech urging her colleagues to bring up her Dream Act of 2017 (H.R. 3440) on the House floor. The Dream Act is a bipartisan bill allowing certain U.S.-raised immigrant youth to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship. During today’s debate on H.Res. 538, a resolution specifying the rules for debate of a different bill, Democrats sought to defeat the previous question, a procedural tactic that would have given Democrats the power to control the floor schedule if it had succeeded. If the previous question had been defeated, Democrats would have brought Rep. Roybal-Allard’s Dream Act to the floor. In her speech, Rep. Roybal-Allard urged her colleagues to vote No on the previous question so that the Dream Act could be brought up. However, a majority of members voted Yes on the previous question, and the Dream Act was not brought to the floor.
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s speech can be viewed here. Her statement as delivered is below.
“Mr. Speaker, the president’s decision to rescind DACA has brought fear to hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and their families. They are Dreamers like Saul Jimenez, who teaches special needs students in Los Angeles, and is just one example of how Dreamers contribute and add value to our country and our communities.
“Dreamers are American in every way except for their immigration status. To send Dreamers to a country they have never known would be tragic for them and our nation, which will lose their valuable contributions.
“The American people overwhelmingly oppose deporting our Dreamers, and our faith-based community and business leaders are imploring Congress to pass the Dream Act. Yet the Republican leadership is ignoring their wishes and refusing to allow us a vote on this bipartisan, bicameral bill.
“If my Republican colleagues who say they want to protect our nation's Dreamers -- if that is true, this is your chance. Vote No on the previous question so we can vote on the Dream Act and put our Dreamers on the road to the security and future they have earned in the only country they know, the United States of America.
“The time to pass the Dream Act is now! Vote No on the previous question.”