Rush Casts Historic "Yes" Vote in Support of The DREAM Act

Dec 9, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- In an historic, late night vote last night, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL-01) cast an historic "yes" vote in support of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and, in so doing, this legislation moved another major step forward on its path to become the law of the land.

"For a whole generation of promising, young immigrants who were brought to this country at a very young age, the DREAM Act represents this generation’s most important march towards justice in their young lives," said Rush.

"I proudly support the DREAM Act as it represents a fundamental value of basic fairness for millions of young people who were brought to this country through no choice of their own.  Nevertheless, these young people, despite the odds and some pushback by cynics in our country, have worked hard, played by the rules and have demonstrated great promise through their performance in school and by representing the fulfillment of the American Dream in every way that matters.  In many ways, the young people who will have a path to citizenship, thanks to this legislation, will have a greater appreciation for what it means to be American simply because they’ve had to work so hard to achieve what so many natural born citizens often take for granted.

"I pledge my continued vigilance in support of those national leaders and organizations who are continuing to press in support of the DREAM Act until one day soon this legislation finds its way to our President’s desk."

In a late Wednesday evening vote, the House voted 216 to 198 in support of a motion to concur in support of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 5281, the DREAM Act.

Additional information on the DREAM Act includes the following:

  • The DREAM Act provides a path to citizenship for children who were brought to this country by no choice of their own.
  • Many of these children do not even realize they are "illegal" until years after they come to the United States.  This is the only country they’ve ever called home.
  • Now they live in fear of deportation to a country where they may not have any family or any connection.
  • Young people must meet the DREAM Act’s high standards to earn legal status, and work through a lengthy process that includes graduating from high school, being of good moral character, passing background tests, and continuing their education at college or in the military.
  • This is not amnesty.  Eligibility requirements for legal status under the DREAM Act are strict and legal status must be earned.  Children must be physically present in the United States for at least five consecutive years prior to the date of enactment of the law.  This will not be a magnet for more illegal immigration.
  • The DREAM Act is common sense legislation drafted by both Republicans and Democrats.  Seventy percent of likely voters of all political stripes support the DREAM Act.

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