ROSEN CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN DREAM ACT, CALLS REPUBLICANS’ ATTEMPT TO BLOCK ITS VOTE SHAMEFUL
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after 233 House Republicans voted against Democrats’ motion to bring the bipartisan DREAM Act to the floor for an immediate vote:
“Today, House Republicans had a chance to rectify the Trump administration’s despicable decision to betray DREAMers in Nevada and across the country. Instead, they chose to block the immediate consideration of the bipartisan DREAM Act, doubling down on this President’s cowardly assault on thousands of patriotic souls including college students, servicemembers, and contributing members of our society who fear they will be taken from their home.”
“President Trump’s decision to end DACA is an affront to everything our nation stands for and only cements his legacy of shortsighted cruelty. House Republicans ought to be ashamed for helping this administration push DREAMers one step closer to deportation. I will continue to fight for our values and principles because we are not a nation that turns our backs on immigrants - let alone their children.”
BACKGROUND: In addition to co-sponsoring the American Hope Act of 2017, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen is a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act. This bipartisan legislation provides legal permanent residency to DREAMers who have been in the U.S. the last 4 years, came to the U.S. before reaching the age of 18, have not been convicted of a felony, and have either been admitted to college, graduated from high school, or obtained a GED, or are enrolled in a secondary school. This legal status would last eight years on a conditional basis, unless the DREAMer graduates from college, completes two years of college, completes two years of military service, or is employed for three years.
In Nevada, DACA has allowed more than 13,000 young people to come forward, pass background checks, and live and work legally. Nationwide, DACA has protected from deportation 800,000 individuals who know no home but the U.S.