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Pelosi Remarks at Press Event Introducing H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act

March 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and House Democrats for a press event to introduce H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act, to protect Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients.  The bill allows Dreamers and individuals with TPS and DED status to contribute fully to the country they love and know to be their home by providing a pathway to citizenship.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  As we come into this room, I think President Ronald Reagan would love to hear that.  As I said during the campaign, the President I quoted most was Ronald Reagan.  Ronald Reagan, in his last speech to the American people as President of the United States, talked about the Statue of Liberty and what it means to the world, a beacon of hope and what it means to people in our country who came that way and others who came to our country, whatever the port of entry, but that as our symbol.

And he did say, after talking about the Statue of Liberty, President Reagan said, the vital force of America’s preeminence in the world is every new generation of immigrants who come to our country and when we fail to recognize that, America will fail to be preeminent in the world.  President Ronald Reagan.  The constant reinvigoration of America: newcomers.

Democrats are proud to stand, today, with Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status folks and Deferred Enforced Departure holders as we take an historic step to protect patriotic men and women who, in being here, in the wisdom of Ronald Reagan, make America more American.

Every day since the President cruelly gutted DACA and gutted TPS and DED, courageous Americans like Jesica and Hever have spoken out with great dignity and great eloquence and they have made a difference.

Let us also salute Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard for her work with Dreamers, the godmother of the Dream Act.  Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez was Chair of the Hispanic Caucus when we passed the Dream Act when we were in the Majority before.  I know we will be joined by Mr. Takano, Mark Takano, of the Congressional Asian American Pacific Caucus, as well as Yvette Clarke from the Congressional Black Caucus.  The Tri-Caucus, the Tri-Caucus Members who have taken the lead on recognizing the vitality of America and our newcomers.I also want to acknowledge Dean Phillips, a new Member from Minnesota.  Is he here?  Who has been a leader on the DED issue as well.

So, again, as we salute our colleagues for their leadership, let us recognize that in the election that the American people elected a new Democratic House Majority that will advance progress for all Americans and uphold our values of liberty, justice and opportunity.

Today, we are honoring that trust with the Dream and Promise Act, which ensures that Dreamers and TPS and DED Americans continue to bless and enrich our nation.  We are pleased that this legislation opens a door of opportunity for Temporary Protected Status and DED recipients, who are American in every way, raising families, starting businesses and contributing to our communities over the decades.

Once we pass this bill, we will fight for a comprehensive fix to our broken immigration system which embraces the contribution of all of our newcomers.  There should be nothing partisan or political in this legislation.  Protecting Dreamers and TPS and DED Americans is about honoring and respecting the family that is at the heart of our faith and the heart of who we are as Americans.

We look forward to a strong, bipartisan vote to pass this legislation and safeguard every child and family’s right to pursue their American dream.With that, I am going to yield to Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, our Chair on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.  She wears many hats in this fight.  In doing so, though, I also want to acknowledge the incredible work of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California, the Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee.  With that, I am pleased to yield to Lucille Roybal-Allard.