CHC Chair Remarks at Press Conference with House Democrats, Tri-Caucus Members, and Dreamers to Commemorate 6th Anniversary of DACA Announcement
Jun 15, 2018
Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined House Democratic Leadership; members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus; and Dreamers for a press conference this morning to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Below are the Chair’s remarks and here is a link to video of the press conference:
“Hello I’m Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and I’m the Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
“I’m joined by Democratic Caucus leadership and my colleagues here today to reflect and talk about the anniversary of the DACA program and to highlight Dreamers again today.
“‘Our immigration laws ought to reflect both our interests and values, and be consistent with our nation’s commitment to fairness and equality…And we ask all sides to set aside the vitriol and gamesmanship that is often a part of this debate and that blocks our ability to truly solve problems. The American people deserve nothing less.”
“That was what CHC Chair Charlie Gonzalez said about Dreamers and immigration 6 years ago.
“And in all of that time, this Republican Controlled House of Representatives has done absolutely nothing to protect Dreamers.
“They haven’t allowed one vote or one public debate.
“The situation we’re in today - mirrors exactly the one that led to President Obama announcing his executive order that now protects [nearly 700,000 young people].
“In that time, Dreamers have shown us what it means to be courageous; what it means to give back ---what it means to be grateful for an opportunity; and what it looks like to fight for the values on which our country was founded.
“They work for fortune 500 companies; they’re teachers, doctors, students and everything in between.
“They contribute to the vibrancy of cities and towns and are embedded into the fabric of our nation.
“And we have a chance to protect them – to preserve our moral decency and energize our nation’s growth.
“In fact, each and every day is a chance for this Republican-controlled Congress to bring forth bipartisan legislation that protects them.
“But every time that a bipartisan fix for Dreamers is within reach, the chaotic Republican conference caves to those who aim to exploit them in order to impose radical changes to our immigration system.
“What’s worse now is that instead of dragging their feet, House Republican Leadership is torpedoing bipartisan efforts to enact legislation to protect Dreamers.
“It is indefensible and immoral for them to continue to put obstruction above meaningful action.
“What I mean by this is that next week, instead of voting on four immigration bills – two of which I support - they will be doing a disservice to the nation by crafting a political dog and pony show that presents us with two appalling legislative options - both hyper-partisan, both harmful to our economy, both undermine our values and commitment to fairness, and both intended to fail.
“But I know how close we’ve come to finding a bipartisan solution, so I know it’s possible.
“I am here to tell you that despite these setbacks, we will never stop fighting for Dreamers.
“On this 6th anniversary of DACA – we thank Dreamers for their courage, contributions, and tenacity.
“And we call for on Congress to do their job by listening to the will of the American people who want to see Dreamers protected.
“And with that it is my absolute and distinct honor to introduce our fearless leader, Nancy Pelosi.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.