Pelosi Remarks at CAPAC Press Conference Calling for the Passage of the DREAM Act


Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and Asian American DREAMers for a press conference urging the passage of the bipartisan, bicameral DREAM Act.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

Leader Pelosi.  Good afternoon, everyone!  I’m honored to be here with the DREAMers who are perpetually advancing the American Dream.  Their courage and their optimism and their inspiration.  They make America more American.   So I thank all three of them for being here and all of the DREAMers who have stepped forward.

I wanted to just say something to this caucus and I’m so glad that the representatives of the [Congressional] Hispanic Caucus are here and the Congressional Black Caucus – we’re all in this together!  And Congresswoman Judy Chu has been a champion on comprehensive immigration reform since day one, since she arrived here and is taking the lead right now and is demonstrating to America how many people are affected across the board.

A week and a half ago, I was in Chicago and I saw this art exhibit I was invited to see.  It is called ‘Then They Came For Me’ and it is about the internment of Japanese Americans, patriots in our country, who were brought to camps during World War II.  While their family members were fighting for freedom for America and for the world, they were in camps.  And they came for them.  And now they are coming for the DREAMers.  We owe these DREAMers for their patriotism, their courage, their optimism to come forward.

But it is about America too, the fight is who were are as a country.  They are the manifestation of that fight right now and we cannot let them come for them.

So while the President thinks that giving six months’ time for Congress to act, we’re going to do that sooner.  We’re going to do that within six weeks and hopefully we can by supporting the DREAM Act that is in the House and in the Senate.  But we must pass something before we leave for Christmas.  That’s for sure.

But in doing so, we will not only be protecting the DREAMers, we will be protecting the integrity of our country.  So thank you DREAMers for being stronger than anybody.  For being stronger than anybody.  And for actually taking some risks for your family to keep America the country we take pride in being.  Thank you for your patriotism.  With that, I’m pleased to yield back to our distinguished Chair Judy Chu.