Leader Pelosi, Rep. Roybal-Allard, Other Leaders Meet with Young Immigrants About Dream Act
Today, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), joined by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), and other local leaders, held a roundtable with young immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and by Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The congressmembers and other participants subsequently held a press conference to discuss the plight of these immigrants and the importance of passing Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s Dream Act this year. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s remarks from that press conference can be viewed beginning at the 4:36 mark in this video of the event. The roundtable and press conference were held at the headquarters of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA).
“Our American values are tied into the fact that we are a country of immigrants,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. “Dreamers, as you know, have lived in this country, they have grown up here, they have pledged allegiance to our flag, they sing our national anthem. This is their home. They have built their lives here. They are Americans in every way. Without the protections that the Dream Act will provide them, they will continue to live in fear of deportation, and they will continue to live in a world where they will not be able to grow and to contribute to their communities.
“They are our teachers, they are our scientists, our researchers, our doctors,” the congresswoman added. “They are the ones who go into the communities in greatest need to help improve the quality of life. All of that will be lost. This country cannot betray them. They gave their information, they signed up for DACA, believing in this country. And to do anything else but to protect them by passing the Dream Act is a betrayal, and would be a disgrace and a very ugly mark on this country.”