Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Obama Administration announced a Department of Homeland Security directive protecting one million DREAM-eligible youth from deportation:
“We salute President Obama and Secretary Napolitano for their extraordinary action today to honor the American values of equality and opportunity. Today's announcement offers a measure of relief for young people raised and educated here, but left in legal limbo through no fault of their own. This action will strengthen our economy and reflects the best values of our nation.
“In the American tradition, these undocumented young people who have pursued education and military service are eager to participate in our nation's future; they seek to help build something better for the next generation. Like previous generations of immigrants who have come to our shores, these young people simply strive to take part in the American dream.
“It was with great pride that the Democratic-led House passed the DREAM Act with a bipartisan vote in 2010, and it was great disappointment that we watched Republicans in the Senate obstruct the legislation from becoming law. Democrats will continue to push to pass the DREAM Act and to enact bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders, upholds the rule of law, protects our workers, unites families, and provides a pathway to legalization.'