Polis Statement on Senate’s Failure to Advance “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal and DREAM Act
Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) issued the following statement today after the Senate failed to advance a defense authorization bill that included measures to repeal the ban on openly gay servicemembers, known as "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), and to open the door to citizenship for undocumented immigrants attending college or serving in the military, known as the DREAM Act.
“Today America was dealt a double blow. I am disappointed to see that despite the concerted efforts of the Administration and House of Representatives, the Senate was unable to end this dishonorable law that requires members of our military to lie to their commanding officers. That Congress, who should be working hardest to support these brave men and women, failed is a sad state of affairs. A proposal to delay this vote for even another month is cold comfort to our gay and lesbian troops who are risking their lives every day. Ending DADT is no longer a question of if; it is a question of when. As Congress has failed to act, it is now up to the President to uphold his promise to end DADT by not appealing California Federal District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’ recent ruling.”
“The Senate’s failure also marked another wasted opportunity to reform our broken immigration system. The failure to pass the DREAM Act—for the 5th straight Congress—is indicative of how extremists have hijacked the debate surrounding immigration. The DREAM Act is a commonsense first step to addressing an issue that all Americans acknowledge must be fixed immediately. The young Americans who would benefit from this bill were brought to this country through no fault of their own. They have waited long enough for the opportunity to follow the American dream by serving in the military or attending college. It is time for Congress to show true leadership and pass the DREAM Act as well as comprehensive immigration reform.”
A playlist of all Congressman Polis’ video on comprehensive immigration reform is available at: http://www.youtube.com/user/JaredPolis31275#grid/user/4EA4027BCE47D250.A playlist of all Congressman Polis’ video on LGBT equality is available at: http://www.youtube.com/user/JaredPolis31275#g/c/DB66A25992EF2ED4.