Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
June 4, 2019
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC –  House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act. Below are excerpts of his remarks and a link to the video:
 
 Click here to watch the full remarks.

“Today, more than a million people who grew up in America don't know any other home. Yet, they live in fear of being deported to countries they never or barely knew. These Dreamers, these yearners for justice and opportunity, deserve to live without fear. They deserve to access the opportunities of America that they have been helping to build already. We are a nation of immigrants made great by immigrants. This bill will remove that fear. It will give them the opportunity to stay in the country they know and love, and to know their hard work and contributions will give them a chance to make it in America. And that they can give back by serving in our military or creating jobs or working in their communities. That they can have a pathway to citizenship which is in their interest and the interest of our country." 
 
“This bill will keep the promise of our Founders and forebears, and it will keep the promise of policymakers from both sides of the aisle who agree they should stay, along, I might add, with 86% of the American people. They are American in every sense. They're patriots and Dreamers."
 
“President Trump campaigned on a promise to help Dreamers, a promise he broke. It was President Trump who created the crisis we now face by rescinding the DACA program two years ago and allowing the Republican-controlled House to stand in the way of a legislative solution. Now the Democratic-led House is taking action. With this bill, we proclaim to the Senate and President: take the advice of the American people, pass this bill."
 
“These Dreamers are, in all but a certificate of citizenship, [our] brothers and sisters. One of them from my district, Gabby Hernandez, is here today, Mr. Speaker, to watch us take this important vote. She arrived in this country from El Salvador at the age of four. She attended school in Prince Georges County, Maryland, which I represent, and she's been studying these last few years to be a social worker and help people in our community. I hope we can give Dreamers like Gabby reassurance that their country, America, will not abandon them."
 
“In addition, this bill would also allow those who have been on Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure to remain as permanent residents. One of them has a business in my district. He employees forty people.  Forty families would be affected by his leaving. He's been here for twenty-five years. He is, in every sense, a member of our community. These are people who fled a natural disaster and violence and were welcomed into our country as refugees. Here they've helped build a stronger community and participated in growing our economy. I am proud to represent a strong community of Liberians in my district. Many of whom fled war and disease outbreak and built new lives here. We should not allow them to be uprooted from their homes a second time. Some of them are here today in the gallery as well. Let's show them. Let's show them that we stand together with them and cherish their contributions to America."
 
“This bill is not perfect.  No bill is perfect. But it is a step, a very important step, a down payment on fulfilling that promise. Change happens most often in steps, and today the Democratic-led House is taking that step forward by keeping our promise to Dreamers."
 
“I want to thank [Chairwoman] Lucille Roybal-Allard, [Chairwoman] Nydia Velazquez, [Congresswoman] Yvette Clarke, [Chairman] Jerry Nadler, and – yes, once again – [Chairwoman] Zoe Lofgren, for all the work that they have done to get us to a place where we have a fair bill. Not amnesty; a fair bill for America. I hope my Republican colleagues will join us in voting for this bill. Together let's send a message of inclusion and acceptance of these Dreamers, whose dreams are the same as ours, whose patriotism is the same as well, and whose nation is the same as ours. Vote aye. Vote for America.”