Bipartisan Support

What Congress is Saying

There is overwhelming bipartisan support for legislative solutions to protect Dreamers from deportation and to create a legal status for them.

Now, we need Congress to take action.
“I am honored and gratified to once again take up the mantle of The DREAM Act with my friends Senators Durbin, Graham and Flake. The young people who this legislation would benefit are worthy of our best efforts to get them on a path to citizenship, as they are already Americans in all but paperwork. Dreamers are productive members of our communities who were raised here and want to stay. We should give them the chance to thrive, and I hope Republicans in Congress and President Trump find it in their hearts to join our cause.&rdquo:
Sen. Charles Schumer
Sen. Charles Schumer D-NY Dream Act Sponsor July 20, 2017
“I do not believe we should pull the rug out and push these young men and women―who came out of the shadows and registered with the federal government―back into the darkness.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Sen. Lindsey Graham R-SC Dream Act Sponsor January 12, 2017
“For over a decade, I’ve come to the Senate floor to share with my colleagues and the American people the stories of talented young undocumented immigrants, who have overcome the odds to give back to the only country they call home. Since the establishment of DACA, we’ve witnessed them realize their full potential - by opening businesses, becoming doctors and teachers, and serving our country in uniform. We cannot squander that talent and dedication and send them back to countries they barely know. The BRIDGE Act is an opportunity for supporters and critics of DACA to come together and address a compelling humanitarian issue on a bipartisan basis. I’m honored to work with Senator Graham, Congressmen Coffman and Gutiérrez, and other colleagues to ensure that DREAMers are protected from deportation until Congress is able to pass comprehensive immigration reform. ”
Sen. Dick Durbin
Sen. Dick Durbin D-IL Dream Act Sponsor January 12, 2017
“It’s so important to recognize that young people who were brought here as children, who grew up here, went to school here, and who often know of no other country, be allowed to legally remain in the U.S. Let’s give them a chance to achieve the American dream through work, education or military service, and to help us together build a stronger America. ”
Rep. Mike Coffman
Rep. Mike Coffman R-CO Dream Act Sponsor Rac Act Sponsor March 11, 2017
“These are America’s children, and that is why I’m proud to lead this group of representatives from all over the country to introduce legislation to simply recognize them as such and provide them an earned path to legal status. I hope Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate can get behind this legislation and that it can soon be sent to the President’s desk for his signature. ”
Rep. Carlos Curbelo
Rep. Carlos Curbelo R-FL Rac Act Sponsor March 10, 2017
“This bill recognizes those who were brought here at a young age by their parents and are living in the shadows. I am proud to support legislation that will allow hardworking and selfless individuals who want to pursue higher education, serve in our military, and become part of America’s work force to do just that.”
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart R-FL Rac Act Sponsor March 10, 2017
“Our country is still in need of comprehensive immigration reform, but in the interim we should pass this bipartisan legislation to give these young people, who were brought here through no fault of their own, some clarity and stability. Upending existing protections for the nearly 10,000 young people in Indiana who have come forward, registered, and have been working here legally for several years isn’t the path we should take. ”
Sen. Joe Donnelly
Sen. Joe Donnelly D-IL March 29, 2017
“While Congress debates smart enforcement and security for our borders, they can also create a rigorous but fair system that the undocumented population could follow to earn legal status or citizenship, especially for those like Vargas who entered this country at a very young age and have established families and productive careers. To us, immigration is not just a political issue that we observe from afar — it is intimately woven into every aspect of our lives. Our families came from Ireland, Poland and Mexico, but America is our home. ”
Rep. Dan Donovan
Rep. Dan Donovan R-NY Rac Act Sponsor March 13, 2017
“There is no doubt our immigration system is in desperate need of repair. And while it is important we reform our process and secure our borders, it is also critical that we treat those who came here through no fault of their own with compassion. This bill will provide legal status to those young people who choose to contribute to our society by pursuing an education or serving in the armed forces, allowing them to stay in the United States, the only home they know. ”
Rep. David Valadao
Rep. David Valadao R-CA Dream Act Sponsor Rac Act Sponsor March 10, 2017
“Now, the next step is fixing it, and it's not going to be a simple process but I'm confident we're not alone in this. Anyone that has a large ag section of their district is feeling the same issue, on both sides of the aisle. Absolutely, we have. We've said that we want to support DREAMers and ask for President Trump to have some compassion. You know I'm new to Congress, how do I make a bigger voice with my voice in Congress. How do we go from a town hall to action on it. ”
Rep. Roger Marshall
Rep. Roger Marshall R-KS March 13, 2017
“We have many undocumented young adults in America who were brought here through no fault of their own and know no other country to call home. If these young men and women are willing to serve in the military, pursue a degree or contribute to the economy, then I believe they should have the opportunity to do so. ”
Rep. Jeff Denham
Rep. Jeff Denham R-CA Dream Act Sponsor Rac Act Sponsor March 10, 2017
“I'm proud to be joining Carlos on this endeavor that will bring us closer to ensuring that our Dreamers, who were brought to our nation through no fault of their own, and who are also the future of our great nation, can continue to positively contribute to our society. Throughout my years in Congress, I have been a staunch advocate to protect these young men and women because they are the lifeblood of many communities and are as American as anyone else. We should nurture their talents so our country can grow and be strengthened by their inclusion. ”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R-FL Dream Act Sponsor Rac Act Sponsor March 10, 2017
“I’m sick of defending nothing as it pertains to congressional action on immigration...I’d rather be criticized for attempting to move an issue toward solution than criticized for repeated inaction. I believe this bill is a step in the right direction and I’m pleased to team up with Congressman Curbelo and my colleagues in the House to reform our broken immigration system. ”
Rep. Mark Amodei
Rep. Mark Amodei R-NV Rac Act Sponsor March 10, 2017
“For these young people, the United States is their home. They’ve been raised in our neighborhoods, attended our schools, and worked in our communities. This legislation simply gives these kids, who have been carefully vetted by the Department of Homeland Security, the chance to earn legal status by pursuing higher education, serving in our armed forces, or entering the workforce. I’ve long-been supportive of common-sense, bipartisan reforms to our broken immigration system and hope to see this piece of legislation advance quickly. ”
Rep. Fred Upton
Rep. Fred Upton R-MI Rac Act Sponsor March 10, 2017
“Children who came to the U.S. by no fault of their own and grew up in our country should be permitted to pursue the American dream," Reichert said. "These individuals are our children's classmates, our neighbors, our friends, and our loved ones. They have sacrificed through military service, earned degrees to become doctors and teachers, and have contributed to our communities in immeasurable ways. I am proud to support a bill that recognizes what these individuals have given back to our great country. ”
Rep. Dave Reichert
Rep. Dave Reichert R-WA Rac Act Sponsor March 10, 2017
“It is clear our immigration system is in desperate need of reform however, executive orders are not legislation, and can easily be reversed, offering little assurance to those affected. This bill is the first step in addressing our failing immigration system the responsible way, through legislation, not unilateral executive action. The reality remains, reforming our broken system is complicated and will not be resolved overnight. The BRIDGE Act will provide protection to young people who only know the United States as their home until Congress can achieve a solution to address all aspects of immigration reform. ”
Rep. David Valadao
Rep. David Valadao R-CA Dream Act Sponsor Rac Act Sponsor January 31, 2017
“Astrid’s story is one of thousands of young people across the country: an unwavering hope that the only country they know and call home will allow the future they have worked so hard to build for their families...Her courage to speak up on behalf of those who share the same struggle helped put the national spotlight on our broken immigration system, and thousands just like Astrid who were brought to this country as children have inspired policies to fix it. ”
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto D-NV Dream Act Sponsor March 27, 2017
“Then there is the human side, and that is, okay, there is no legal right but is there not a humanitarian rationale for perhaps allowing some of the people here legally to remain because they have been here a long time because they are good people because they were brought here as children. ”
Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio R-FL March 26, 2017
“I have said that I hope the Dreamers who obeyed the law, have gone to school and/or served the military get a path to citizenship. ”
Rep. Peter King
Rep. Peter King R-NY Rac Act Sponsor February 24, 2017
“What I did say is I'm very sympathetic with this particular situation, with these youngsters who were brought here at an early age and who have largely grown up here. I think the president has some sympathies for that situation, too, as he expressed yesterday. So we'll see what he decides to do. ”
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sen. Mitch McConnell R-KY February 17, 2017
“In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, we need to ensure families and communities are not ripped apart. We can’t allow policies fueled by hate and fear to marginalize hardworking people who only want to contribute to our economy and culture. DACA allowed children to come out of the shadows and build a better life in America—they represent the American Dream: the idea that through hard work, anyone can come to America seeking opportunity and be successful.”
Rep. Scott Peters
Rep. Scott Peters California Dream Act Sponsor August 29, 2017
“From our founding, America has been a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. Our own communities in Central Washington are a testament to the contributions of immigrants to the fabric of American society. It is the sole responsibility of Congress to write laws that provide a humane solution to our broken immigration system. Rather than affording protection, President Obama’s unconstitutional Executive Order left families across this country in legal limbo. I am proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect children brought here through no fault of their own. These children and young adults deserve stability here in the U.S. while Congress comes together on long term immigration reform to provide a permanent solution for them, secure our borders, and build a reasonable and accessible immigration system going forward. ”
Rep. Dan Newhouse
Rep. Dan Newhouse R-WA Rac Act Sponsor January 31, 2017
“It’s our moral responsibility to protect children who were brought here years ago through no fault of their own. Not only because they are our friends, neighbors and loved ones, but because it’s right thing to do. We are the land of opportunity that welcomes anyone seeking a better life and access to the American dream. Our inhumane immigration system goes against our values. We need to work together to solve this crisis. This is an important first step toward protecting these young people from deportation. I will continue to advocate for a permanent solution not only for these children, but also their families. ”
Rep. Pramila Jaypal
Rep. Pramila Jaypal D-WA Dream Act Sponsor January 31, 2017
“I’ve always been sympathetic to the so-called DREAMers. And I would hope in the process of doing the things that we’re doing on immigration that we can work out a reasonable compromise.”
Rep. Ken Calvert
Rep. Ken Calvert R-CA March 31, 2017
“I don't think any of us (I know I'm not) are looking to deport somebody who came here as a 3 year old and they're now grown, the DACA kids as you say. ”
Rep. Chris Collins
Rep. Chris Collins R-NY Rac Act Sponsor January 23, 2017
“I’m proud to help introduce the BRIDGE Act, which will give temporary protection to Dreamers, those who were brought to the U.S. as children, grew up here, went to school here, and laid down roots here, but have had to live their lives under the constant threat of deportation. Even the President-elect himself has said that something has to be done to help Dreamers, and I agree, because their fear should not overshadow their contributions. And that is what this bill will do. Young immigrants that are already here and contributing deserve the chance to see and prove that hard work can make a difference. ”
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. Judy Chu D-CA Dream Act Sponsor January 16, 2017
“Yesterday the BRIDGE Act, which I co-sponsored, was reintroduced in the Senate. The BRIDGE Act would give undocumented youth who were brought to the United States as children temporary relief from deportation and work authorization. ”
Sen. Kamala Harris
Sen. Kamala Harris D-CA Dream Act Sponsor January 13, 2017