Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Signs Bipartisan Discharge Petition to Protect Dreamers

May 18, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) signed the bipartisan discharge petition to force a long-overdue vote on the House Floor to protect America’s Dreamers.
“It is important to remember that DACA participants were brought to the United States through no fault of their own and have been done everything to contribute to our nation.  It is unconscionable that there continues to be such mean-spirited fear mongering, and partisan rancor that keeps the future of these individuals in limbo.  I am proud to side with my colleagues in taking the necessary steps to provide certainty to Dreamers in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois and around the country.”
Americans overwhelmingly support Congress passing the DREAM Act, as do corporations, faith-based, and law enforcement communities.  Recent polling shows that, for Dreamers:
84 percent of Americans support a pathway to citizenship or permanent status;
88 percent of Independents back a pathway to citizenship or permanent status; and
70 percent of Republicans back either citizenship or permanent status.
This discharge petition would force a long-overdue House vote on bills that protects Dreamers, including the bipartisan “Dream Act of 2017” and the bipartisan Hurd–Aguilar “USA Act of 2018.”  The proposal receiving the most votes on the Floor would be adopted, under a “queen-of-the-hill” procedure.
“It is clear the DREAM Act will pass overwhelmingly if brought to the Floor.  We must end this obstructionist behavior once and for all and provide help and hope to the Dreamers counting on DACA to protect their futures.  We are on the brink of these votes becoming a reality.  I encourage my colleagues, Democrat and Republican, to join me in this effort and show the American people that, when we work together, we can get things done.”