Blumenauer Calls for Protection of DREAMers
Washington, DC – Yesterday evening on the House floor, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) called on Congress to do everything it can to protect DREAMers, those brought to the United States as children and registered in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“… The notion of sending these young people back who … came here as children – they didn’t have any choice. What four-year-old, three-year-old, two-year-old, or infant is making this perilous journey on their own? They were brought here. They were raised here. Many of these young people … have had amazing records of success. And, they took the United States government and its president at his word, and came forward and took a little bit of a risk because they wanted to be part of the fabric of this country,” Blumenauer said.
“… I think it would be a tragedy if we were to punish people who took the president at his word, who put confidence in this Congress to unwind this unfortunate situation. I think it’s important that all of us add our voices, that we connect with the people at home who are desperate and apprehensive and vulnerable, and make sure the American public knows what’s at stake. Because if we add our voices, our examples, and engage, there’s no doubt in my mind that there will be enough public pressure to prevent a tragedy of immense proportions.”
Blumenauer is also part of a group of House members calling on President Obama to provide retroactive and prospective pardon of categorical civil immigration violations for these young people granted DACA status. For many DREAMers, this could clear a path to legal status.