Our nation’s immigrants are the constant reinvigoration of America. Each wave of newcomers brings their patriotism, bravery and determination to succeed to our shores – and in doing so, makes America more American. As students and servicemembers, entrepreneurs and public servants, parents and neighbors, these new Americans affirm our country’s fundamental, founding truth: that in diversity, lies strength.
Yet President Trump and Congressional Republicans continue to push a hateful, harmful anti-immigrant agenda that instills fear in our communities and weakens our country. Instead of respecting the hard-working men and women who want to contribute to our nation, Republicans are trying to make American taxpayers pay for an immoral, ineffective and expensive border wall. At the same time, the Trump Administration is unleashing a cruel deportation force that is tearing apart families across America.
We must reject these senseless and destructive policies. Democrats remain committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform that recognizes and embraces the talents and contributions of our immigrants. We will continue to work toward a comprehensive solution for our country’s broken immigration system, and we will never stop fighting to ensure that America remains a land of opportunity for those who work hard, abide by our laws and dare to dream.
WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE DOING
- During the 111th Congress, House Democrats passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216-198 on December 8, 2010.
- In July 2017, House Democrats offered the bipartisan DREAM Act, which protects DREAMERs and provides an eventual path to citizenship.
- After the Trump Administration cruelly terminated the DACA initiative, Democrats filed a discharge petition and then challenged Republicans again and again to bring the DREAM Act to the floor for a swift vote.