U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Polis: DREAMers like Oscar should be allowed to serve in military

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Washington, May 15, 2015 | Kristin Lynch ((303) 956-1773) | comments
Earlier this hour, during consideration in the House of Representatives of the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Republicans passed an amendment that removed the “Enable DREAMers to Serve” amendment. The bipartisan “Enable DREAMers to Serve” amendment passed the House Armed Services Committee last month and would have directed the Secretary of Defense to explore the possibility of allowing DREAMers to serve in the military.

Rep. Polis issued the following statement:

“I know a young man named Oscar who lives in my district. He’s been in the U.S. since he was 7. He was a four-year varsity football and soccer player in high school and wants to be an engineer. More than that though, he wants to serve in the military to protect the country he recognizes provides far more opportunities for his family than the one he left behind.

Unfortunately, Republicans once again turned their back on Oscar and thousands of other DREAMers just like him with tonight’s vote.

Yet again, Republicans reminded the American people that they care more about partisan politics than common-sense solutions. If DREAMers like Oscar want to serve in uniform and risk their lives to defend our country, they should be allowed to.”

Earlier today, Polis joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Rep. Ruben Gallego, and other colleagues in the halls of Congress to call on Republicans to keep this military DREAMer amendment in NDAA. Those calls fell on deaf ears.

Jared’s leadership on immigration

Jared has been a leader on fixing our broken immigration system since joining Congress in 2009. Last session, he introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would have improved national security, streamlined our country’s guest worker system, and created a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented individuals. The Senate companion of this landmark bill passed the Senate in June 2013 and was widely heralded as one of the most significant attempts to fix our broken immigration system in decades.

Earlier this year, Polis introduced the bipartisan American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015, which would make permanent the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program that incentivizes foreign entrepreneurs to build their firms on American soil, adding billions to our economy and creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Before joining Congress, Jared founded the New America School in 2004, an innovative approach to providing education to new immigrants, English-language learners, and academically underserved students. Currently New America Schools operate in three locations throughout Colorado (Aurora, Lakewood, and Thornton) and two locations in New Mexico (Albuquerque and Las Cruces).
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