Remarks Urging Action on the DREAM Act
I rise today in sport of the DREAM Act. The lives of hundreds of thousands of de facto Americans hang in the balance. The DREAM Act would provide a route for young people who were brought here, who know no other country, to take on the full rights and responsibilities as Americans. The DREAM Act is not only a human rights issue, it's an economic issue and it's a competitiveness issue. These young people are some of our very best Americans and it's not an American value to force the sins of the father upon the son. These young people are brought here when they were two years old, three years old; it can't be argued they violated their law of no volition. They know no other country. To senselessly deport them to a country where they don't know anybody and frequently don't speak the language would deprive America of the fruits of our labors and the investments that we made in these young people through our public education system. I call upon the House and the Senate to immediately move to pass the DREAM Act and help make these young people proper Americans. I yield back the balance of my time.