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  House Senate Democratic Leaders on DACA  CSPAN  November 13, 2019 3:12am-4:04am EST

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next, house speaker nancy pelosi and senate minority leader chuck themer let a briefing on importance of the deferred action childhood arrivals program, and their opposition to president trump's decision to rescind it. good afternoon, everybody. i represent san antonio and am chair of the caucus this year. earlr this year, i had the chance to attend the oral arguments over the future fate of daca. of us today stand in
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solidarity and in support of our dream is and -- dreamers and daca recipients. they are as american as everyone of us and despite the president's attempts to slander them, speak ill of crew they are in what they represent, these folks are among the very best america has to offer. they are people who often time from a very young age as children arrived in this country, have only known the united states as their home, some who only speak the english language, all who have felt the fear of living in limbo for many years, who felt the joy in 2012 of being able to come out of the shadows when president obama put daca into effect. and now again feel the fear of deportation looming. him we are here today to speak the truth about who these people are, and i want to say thank you
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to the daca recipients that are here today. it was amazing to be out on the supreme court steps and see people from every walk of life, not just the dreamers and their family members or the immigration advocates who have been doing such great work for many years, but also out in strong force members of the american business community who came out to speak the truth about how valuable our dreamers are to this country. earlier this year the house of representatives passed a dream act, a dream and t.p.s. act, h.r. 6. the fact is, all of us are anxious to see what the supreme court says, but in the house of representatives and under speaker pelosi, we are also not waiting for the supreme court. we have taken action. we have passed a bill that would put dreamers on a path to citizenship where they belong, as americans with all of us.
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unfortunately, right now, it's buried in the desk of mitch mcconnell and we are asking the senate majority leader to take action, to do right by these folks, and to do what's best for the country. with that, it's my honor to introduce somebody that i had an opportunity to serve with for several years and was a member of congress for several years but has has now gone on to another wonderful role in public service as the attorney general of california, that's my friend, javier becerra. [applause] mr. becerra: mr. chairman, i am not only pleased but proud to stand with you, the hispanic caucus, with the senate democratic leadership and house democratic leadership to speak about americans and american values. when california initiated its lawsuit along with many individual dreamers and joined by some 20 other states and the district of columbia, it was to defend the people that are standing with us here today.
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it was to defend the values that have made it possible for those dreamers to feel american and to know they are american. what we heard today in court was that you got to do it the right way. there is the right way to do things and there is the wrong way to do things. the dreamers that are standing here did exactly what they were asked to do by the federal government. they came out of the shadows. they went through background checks. they proved that they have a basis to be in this country and now they have proven themselves as doctors, lawyers, as teachers, as successful college students, as people who in america we would perceive to be our friends, our family, and perhaps our first responder. and so they did it the right way. the folks that did it the wrong way were the trump administration. they tried to eliminate the daca program illegally and now, they are being tested in court.
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every court so far that has tested this question has found on behalf of the dreamers. we believe the supreme court will, as well, because the dreamers did it the right way, the obama administration did it the right way. congress is trying to do it permanently the right way, if only the senate republicans would join. if we do it the right way, these folks who are american that we call dreamers will have a chance to shine and prove their full worth. we will continue this fight until the very end whether it's through congress or through the courts, but we understand that when you do it the right way, you should not be punished. now i believe senator durbin of the senate democratic leadership will speak next. let me hand the mic over to whip durbin. senator durbin: thank you, javier becerra and you carry on in california with real leadership on this issue since you left the u.s. house. thank you for coming back home
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today to be with us on this historic day. look behind me. the president says you are looking at very tough and hardened criminals. take a good look at these criminals, would you? that's what the president tweeted this morning about these young men and women. he said that they were no longer young and angels. none of us are that young any more, i can tell you that, and i don't know who among us would claim to be an angel. this much we know about these men and women, young men and women standing behind me. you are looking at some of the most determined and courageous people in the united states of america. they have lived their entire lives under the shadow of an immigration status which has raised a question every time someone knocked on the door. they have been counseled and warned by their parents not to say the wrong thing, not to do the wrong thing or their entire family could play the price. that is the price that they have paid to be here today, and at one moment in history under
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president obama, we said we are going to give you a chance. you have to come forward, go through a criminal background check, pay a substantial fee. and we'll give you your chance to stay in the united states on a temporary basis for two years, renewable every two years. we won't deport you and we'll let you take a job. and what did they do? 790,000 of them trusted this government and stepped forward and signed up. many of their parents warned them, don't put your name on that list with the government. it could come back to hurt our families, but they had the courage and the belief that what their government told them was the truth. they came forward and signed up. 90% of them are working today. over half of them are in school today. they are teachers and engineers and members of our military. they are our dream of the future. this battle for the dreamers in my life, my political life, began 19 years ago when i introduced the dream act.
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19 years ago. it's been a long time to make that trip over to the supreme court this morning. there has hardly been a chapter written in the civil history of the united states that hasn't taken a long time. when you are fighting for justice, you have to be determined and patient. the president tells us when it comes to immigrants it's fear. it's hate. you look behind me at these daca recipients, i don't see that at all. i see courage and i see hope. i see the future of the united states of america. today, we heard the arguments in the supreme court. it's my prayer that they'll come down our way for the good of those who stand behind me and so many others. but it's also my prayer that it comes down our way for the good of the united states of america. what's at stake here is not just their fate. what's at stake there is our values as americans. immigrants from all over the world who came to this country
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and said we can make this a better place and thank goodness our parents and grandparents believed that and led us to this moment. now we have to move forward. we know what we face. bob menendez, you know what our problem is in the senate. we have a good bill, an excellent bill passed by the u.s. house of representatives. it's sitting on the calendar in the united states senate. senator menendez and i will be making unanimous consent request this week to bring this measure to the floor. [applause] senator durbin: i can tell you -- i can tell you it's an uphill battle, but we want the other party to go on record. when the president said let's legislate an issue, let's legislate an agreement, we are going to call him at his word. we are going to ask senator mcconnell to bring this matter to the floor of the senate this week. i want to thank congresswoman roybal-allard for being here today. she and i have been working together on this for some time. as chair of the house hispanic caucus and as real leader on
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this issue, it is my honor to turn over the microphone to you, lucille. ms. roybal-allard: thank you so much, senator. the senator is correct. the young people that are back here, this is who we are fighting for. they are not people that the president is trying to portray as murderers and rapists. yet two years ago, the trump administration cruelly tried to rip protections away from nearly 800,000 dreamers by abruptly terminating the daca program. the president's chilling message to immigrant communities across america left dreamers in a state of uncertainty and fear of being taken away from their family and removed from the only country they call as home. the fact is, and we all know that, we have heard this and we
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have seen it, that the dreamers are american in every way except on paper. they grew up pledging allegiance to our flag and to our country. they are our neighbors, our children's teachers, our nurses, our scientists, small business owners, friends, and colleagues. dreamers serve in our armed forces in defense of our country. they pay taxes and they enhance our society with their talents and the richness of their culture. this country is their home. today, the highest court in our land heard their case against trump's unlawful termination of daca and its xenophobic administration. it is my hope that the supreme court recognizes the personal injustice of trump's administration's actions and rules in favor of daca recipients. it is also my hope that the
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court will not ignore the fact that the stories and hopes and dreams of daca recipients are those of all dreamers in our nation. hopefully, the court will rule to protect daca recipients, but as has been said, congress must go further. we must expand protections to all dreamers who deserve an opportunity to become citizens of the only country they know as home. in june of this year, dreamers were given new hope when the house passed my and congresswoman nita velazquez and yvette clarke's bill, h.r. 6, the dream and promise act of 2019, which protects dreamers and t.p.s. and d.e.d. recipients as well. while it is our hope the supreme court will not be complicit in the trump administration's anti-immigrant agenda, we must continue to be motivated and active in calling on mitch
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mcconnell and the senate to pass the dream and promise act. because only then will our nation's dreamers be able to live without fear and continue to contribute to the country they love because home is here. and now, it is my pleasure to turn over the microphone to senator menendez, who has also been an incredible supporter for many, many years of our dreamers. sen. menendez: thank you, congresswoman. as i was sitting in the supreme court today listening the arguments, it reminded me of a meeting that the congressional hispanic caucus had with then president obama. and at that meeting, i prepared a memorandum, legal memorandum on behalf of the caucus to present to president obama to
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say, you have the power to actually create what we now know as daca. and after a lot of work with the congressional hispanic caucus members and other colleagues, we ultimately got president obama to agree and create the daca program. i listened to the arguments in the court today and in my mind, the court should clearly decide in favor of the dreamers. why? is this case reviewable? well, if you can get 700,000 to a million people to rely upon what the government says, comfort forward, give us all your information, go through a criminal background check, give us the information of your families, if that reliance is not one to be sustained or reviewable, then god knows what is reviewable in our country. from my perspective, yes, it has the standard for being reviewed
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by the court. and then the question is, is it fair to have a process in which all of those who submitted their lives, their information, their most sacred position in this life comes forward and you snuff it out without any detailed process to understand what it means and what that reliance meant and the consequences that flow not just for dreamers but for all of those who support the dreamers, those who have hired them, those universities who have given them admission, those in which they are ultimately creating a better future for all americans? finally, is it legal? my god, it's clear to me that president obama or anyone else had the discretion to decide how to use the federal government in a way to ensure these young
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people who through no fault of their own, brought to this country by their parents, ultimately the only flag they have ever pledged allegiance to is that of the united states, the only national anthem they know is the "star spangled banner," the only country they have ever called home or known is america. home is here in every respect. the only difference is many of them have served in the uniform of the united states. imagine those who have worn the uniform and risked their lives of the united states that you are not ultimately able to continue to defend the nation. you are not worthy of ultimately be given a temporary status? that's unconscionable in my mind, also illegal. at the end of the day, i hope the court ultimately decides for us, but i agree with my colleague, senator durbin, who has been on this issue for nearly two decades. when we pass as the gang of eight comprehensive immigration reform in the senate with over 67 votes, only to die in then the republican-controlled house of representatives, we had the
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best dreamer package that ever was envisioned, would have given all of these young people their pathway to a clear future and on behalf of the united states. unfortunately, it never got a vote. i sat in the white house when president trump says i want to treat these young people with love. well, love like that we don't need. because at the end of the day, when you ended the program, not the court, when you ended the program and when you started on a pathway that puts all these young people at risk, then that's not love. and when you ask us to be -- to take their parents and choose their parents and their loved ones over them, i haven't met a dreamer yet who has told me to do that. so it's just fundamentally wrong what the administration is doing. congress has the right and power to challenge the executive branch and say we have a different view. let's pass the legislation. i am going to join senator durbin.
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let's see who stands for the dream and who wants to snuff it out. i hope we get -- i know we have virtually every democrat will stand with us in support of the dream and hopefully some enlightened republicans. then let the president decide. does he want to snuff out the dream or does he really love the dreamers? with that, i'm pleased to introduce the assistant speaker, ben ray lujan. is he here? mr. lujan: good afternoon, everyone. the president said he was going to treat our brothers and sisters, the dreamers, with heart. the cruelness that we continue to see coming from this administration, the hateful rhetoric and policies coming from steven miller, they are not american. it lacks the moral compass of what america was founded on, this dream, this idea we could come from all over the world and contribute to this special place.
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building opportunity, looking after our families and loved ones, and opening up doors for future generations behind us. that's what dreamers represent. they represent the highest of the american ideal that we cherish every day. so why is it that steven miller so why is it that steven miller and president trump continue with this hateful rant? it's not heart, mr. president. it's hatefulness. [speaking spanish] why don't you have a heart? but there is an opportunity. there is an opportunity now for the supreme court to do the right thing. to uphold what's happened with the lower courts.
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the courts have all done the right thing. they've stood by the american people. by the way, what the president is up to this morning with those ugly tweets, he's trying to diminish public support for these amazing men and women behind me. moms and dads, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, co-workers, let's do the right thing. let's pray for the supreme court. let's pray for the country. let's pray for these dreamers. but what we need for the american people to do is something that we learned from congressman john lewis. make some noise. speak up. show up. stand up. if you don't know a dreamer, just open your eyes. get to know them. tell their story. and i want to close with this. i had the honor of meeting sam today, a dreamer from new mexico, a recent graduate from new mexico state university, who
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talked about how he can't go see his grandma, his mom who live just miles away from where he lives in the united states of america. if you support family values across the country, support the dreamers. open your eyes and get to know why we are in this together. with that, i want to turn this over to one of my colleagues, congresswoman sanchez from california. ms. sanchez: thank you, ben ray. and i want to give a big thank you to everybody who has come out here to stand up against this attack on dreamers and daca recipients. not all of us here today are dreamers. but i bet that each person in this room knows or has met a person whose life literally
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depends on this decision. dreamers aren't strangers, they are our teachers, our classmates, entrepreneurs, members of the military, and our neighbors. and don't you think that they deserve to live without fear? they don't deserve to be stuck in limbo just because of the president's petty politics. the only place that they call home is the united states of america. that shouldn't be controversial. it's just a fact. but you know what? this administration doesn't like facts. and they don't seem to like rules or laws or following the rules, either. but the supreme court has the opportunity to enforce the rule and to follow the law. the supreme court has the ability to defend our democracy and our system of checks and balances. the only fact that trump knows is that he wins when he pits some americans against others.
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but we won't let that divide us. we won't turn our backs on our neighbors. we cannot let that cynicism win. a house divided against itself cannot stand. now, daca admittedly has never been enough to protect our dreamers in the long run. it's a temporary solution, but right now, it's all that these outstanding young men and women have. these young people are american in every single way except for on paper. they are just as american as those relatives who arrived on the mayflower. they are just as american as you and i. and they deserve this simple protection. you know, president trump is very fond about talking about a merit-based immigration system, but i can't think of a group that is more meritorious than the young men and women that stand behind me.
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dreamers have succeeded in this country despite every obstacle that has been put in their path. they contribute to our communities every single day, despite the repeated attacks by people who don't know or want to know them and by our president. all eyes are on the supreme court today in the hopes that they will uphold the rule of law. they have a chance to protect our dreamers and to send a message that america is not a monarchy. no matter what happens, please know that we are in your corner. we are in this fight. we will continue to fight to protect daca and to the dreamers whose only home is here. i want to thank again everybody who has come out in support of dreamers and of building this country and making it great. and with that, i'd like to
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introduce a colleague from the senate, from the great state of nevada, senator cortez masto. senator cortez masto: thank you. first of all, let me thank all my colleagues, but most importantly, the dreamers who are standing behind us. they are not merely a backdrop. this is and what you see here are the faces of the people and the families that live across this country. in, nevada there are 12,000, almost 12,000 daca recipients. what we heard today is the supreme court actually taking oral argument on the fate of 700,000 dreamers across this country. but i'm here to tell you and i think we all are that it shouldn't come down to the supreme court making this determination. and i hope they do the right thing. but it comes down to all of us
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in this country, not whether we are in congress, but in the administration, or in our individual lives in our communities, all of us doing right by these kids that you see behind us, their families, and everyone across the country who is a dreamer. i can't tell you how many stories that are out there of the real lives and impact. i know it's easy when we get back here to washington in this bubble, we make decisions that have a determination on so many people across this country. but those decisions that we make have real life impacts on the stories and real lives of people and the dreamers that you see before you. these aren't just faces. these aren't just names. these are individuals living in our community who just want an opportunity to succeed. they are hardworking. they are working two jobs. they are getting an education. they are law-abiding.
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they are helping their families. and we are telling them you do all of that, and by the way, we are going to deport you. that is outrageous. that is not what our country is built on. that's not who we are as americans. but most importantly, that's not what we should be doing to the best and brightest and the future for our country. it is time for us to do the right thing. here's my offer. this administration, whether it's the president or the people around him, want to play politics with the lives of dreamers and their families. we have seen it time and time again. but here's my one offer, mr. president, if you truly love dreamers, and you want to do right by them, their families, and this country, then i offer to you to come with me and sit down with some dreamers and talk with them. learn who they are. listen to their stories.
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and you will understand like the rest of us that they are an integral part of who we are as this country, as americans, as united states, and what we have done year after year is open our doors to the best and brightest. because what you have behind us are the best and brightest. so i make that offer, do the right thing. we will all continue to fight for our dreamers, their families, and across this country. and i thank you-all for being here in the fight. and i look forward to continuing to fight with all of you. thank you. [applause] >> all right, i hope i got my instructions right on the order here. we have, of course, our two wonderful leaders of our two chambers, and it's my honor now to introduce a gentleman from new york who has been fighting for dreamers for many years now and daca recipients for many
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years now in the united states senate, and that is new york senator and democratic minority leader chuck schumer. senator schumer: hi, everybody. ladies and gentlemen, we often ask these days with so much tumultuous tumult in the land, what is america? this is america. all the people here. this is our hope. this is our future. this is our dream. these people. they are what makes america a great country. and people like them who have come here decade after decade and century after century. they are our future. if we don't have people like these young people as american citizens, america will not have the future that it will be anywhere close to as bright as our past.
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we have always been a nation of immigrants. from the very early days. we have always treasured immigrants from the very early days. and all of a sudden, we have a president who thinks he can gain political ground by attacking these beautiful kids and the so many millions of others like them who come from around the globe to live the american dream. we are hopeful that the court, the supreme court, will shine a light on us. will understand the right thing to do. will understand that a president who wants to violate the law and trample on the rights of people like the folks behind us, is so wrong that in a nation where there is rule of law, he will be
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rebuffed and they will be allowed to stay here and become citizens. that's what we hope. the president's relentless scapegoating of immigrants is the most un-american thing i can think of. my middle name is ellis, named for ellis island. they didn't come through ellis island, but it's the same thing. the southern border and ellis island is the same, a symbol of hope, of freedom, of a bright future. we, the senate democrats and the house democrats, will not rest until the dreamers behind us and the millions like them, whether they be dreamers or others, become full-fledged, proud american citizens. [cheers and applause]
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mr. castro: before we hear from speaker pelosi, we will hear from a few of our daca recipients. and the first person we are going to hear from is dalada. >> thank you for being here. today has been a historic day for so many and a day filled with so many emotions. but the primary emotion that i have been feeling over the strenuous fight for daca has been that of confusion. i am confused. 86% of americans support a right to residency for daca recipients. 86% of americans.
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in today's america, there are very few things that have 86% approval rate. i don't even think ice cream has an 86% approval rate. yet, despite an overwhelming amount of support for daca recipients, like myself, who continue to contribute to america's academia and america's economy, the executive branch wants to take it away. the legislative branch has yet to sign a bill and the judicial branch is now examining its legitimacy. so i am genuinely confused. daca recipients contribute $1.4 billion in federal taxes alone every year, another $1.7 billion in state taxes and contribute to g.d.p. while the cost of removing daca recipients alone would be $10 billion. these are young individuals who have a nearly spotless record in addition to being enrolled in
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school or have graduated. these are individuals who are completely integrated into america as the average age of daca recipients that come to the united states is only six years old. many daca recipients didn't know they were undocumented until they were teenagers. i was born in canada and came to the united states when i was five years old. i went to school in america k-12 and spent another four years in america going to college and now i am in my third year of law school at the ucla school of law learning the laws of the united states of america. both of my parents are american citizens. my only sibling is an american citizen and i am undocumented and somehow my government is arguing that i don't belong here. well, my question then to my government is, where do i belong?
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is it the country that i spent the first five years of my life? is it the country that i haven't been in 20 years? you may be wondering why or how i am documented. when my parents became documented in 2009. they applied for my citizenship. i was 14 years old. i still had a pathway of citizenship and in the meantime, i received daca when i was 18, got to work and get a driver's n-state tuition i for college. my parents received their american citizenship less than two weeks after i turned 21. technically when i turned 21 under the law i was no longer considered my parents' child and my application was terminated. i.s. ford for the u.s.c.
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an exception but our request fell on deaf ears. i had to go back to canada but barred to coming back to the u.s. for 10 years. daca was my only option and daca remains my only option. now my only option to stay in the country that i know as home is in jeopardy. if daca were to be rescinded, i would be left with $100,000 in student debt and unable to use the skills because i know nothing about canadian law because i never lived a year there i can remember. i don't know anyone in canada. my entire life is here. there is virtually nothing different between me and an american citizen besides a piece of paper. not only do i want to be here, but almost 90% of my country wants me to be here, too. so i am confused, but that does not mean that i am not hopeful nor does it mean i have given up. i am here to ask everyone who is
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listening, to the congress members, to the supreme court justices, to the president of the united states, let's find a solution to this problem. let's be on the right side of history sooner than later. the time for common sense immigration reform is now. thank you. [applause] mr. castro: thank you. next, i wanted to invite up tovar mora. >> i'm a little short, so bear with me just a second. for 21 years, i have been pledging allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. i came to this country when i was just two years old. so the united states is really the only country i have ever known. it's the place where i learned to speak a second language. the man that taught me how to
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speak english is not an american citizen. i work with my father for his catering and event business and as a certified medication aide at a senior living center where i am studying to become a nurse and studying for bachelor agree in ethics. it is also america. america is where i have fallen in love with my best friend, and where i have gotten married and where i was blessed to give birth to my daughter rose. my husband michael is a specialist in the kansas national guard and last year he was called to active duty service in the middle east for nine months overseas. while he served his country, i was at home caring for our now three-year-old daughter, going to school and working. those nine months when my husband was away were hard as any single parent can
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appreciate, but to do so with the constant fear that i wouldn't be home when my husband got home was almost unbearable. parents worry. it is something that is almost impossible to avoid when you love someone as much a parent loves their child. but now imagine having to plan whileeportation your husband is literally thousands of miles away. that fear will swallow you up whole. my husband fought for everyone in this country. for your rights as a citizen, my rights as an immigrant, and the asylum seekers' plea for help, a better tomorrow and the freedom of this country. yet, his own country won't ensure that his own wife and mother of his child is protected from deportation. the decision that my parents made to bring me to this country is something that i will never be able to thank them enough for.
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as a mother, i know that i would have made the same choice. i can guarantee you that there is at least one person in your life, whether it's a spouse, a sibling, a friend, a co-worker or a neighbor that is directly affected by the current immigration crisis. daca gave me a future, a chance to advocate for my community, and a chance to work and go to school. just imagine when my daca expired and i was waiting for my renewal to come in for 2 1/2 weeks, i had no status. i couldn't go to work and i couldn't go to school and i couldn't even renew my tags because you need a nonexpired license for that. the supreme court will now decide whether i am allowed to remain in this country, whether i will be separated from my daughter and husband and sent to a country that i barely remember.
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i want the justices to hear my story. sorry, i lost track. and i want every member of congress to understand what the years of inaction have meant for my family and to call on them to finally fix a broken immigration system. not just for me, but for the millions of immigrants across the country with no opportunity to get in line and earn a pathway to citizenship. because no matter the decision from this court or inaction in congress, i know that i am right where i belong. my home is here. thank you. [cheers and applause] [chanting] mr. castro: next, we have antonio.antonio: good afternoon, everyone.
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i am a plaintiff in the case. i came to the u.s. at the age of 10 with my parents. in 2012, due to the death of my grandparents, my parents decided to return to mexico but i decided to stay here to fight for their dreams and mind. -- mines. two years ago, i graduated from queens college in new york making the first one in my family to graduate from college. daca allows me to work legally and live without the fear of deportation. for many of us here, this is the only home we know. we have friends, connections, family and loved ones. even though my family is in mexico, i consider jackson heights in queens, new york, my home. i went to school there. i have my friends there and i plan to have kids in my community. if the supreme court allows the
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trump administration's plan to end daca and move forward, it means we will lose our jobs and my effort to get an education and college degree will be in vain because i won't be able to use it and contribute to my community. daca has benefited almost a million people like me. it is a successful program and should be maintained. however, we know daca is not the ultimate solution. undocumented citizens of this country deserve more. every single day, we contribute to the economy, to the culture and to our communities. therefore, we also need to be acknowledged as citizens of this country. i hope the court calls the young numbers and statistics what is at stake is a list of undocumented people like myself. this nation was built and must
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be welcoming the contributions from immigrants. i want to remind our elected officials that we are here and you see all these beautiful faces and courageous faces but because of our parents' sacrifices. we shouldn't be blaming our parents because their decisions are the decisions that they made the best for ourselves and we withn't be here standing you all without the sacrifices. so our home is -- >> here! [applause] mr. castro: thank you to all of our dreamers, those who spoke and those who were present with us today. thank you for your courage, bravery and resilience and you inspire all of us. now, it's my honor to introduce our final speaker, who is the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi. and she is somebody who when she was the speaker the first time her first go-around passed the dream act out of the house of representatives.
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and as speaker the second time, has now passed again a dream act and t.p.s. bill and await mitch mcconnell taking it up in the senate. this is somebody who in this legislative chamber and this congress has been committed every day to make sure that the dreamers and daca recipients are protected. speaker nancy pelosi. [cheers and applause] ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. chairman. and thank you for bringing us all together so we can say thank you to our dreamers, for making america more american with their hopes, optimism, courage, determination to make the future better for their families. for that, we are grateful to their parents. please thank your parents for us as was mentioned by antonio for giving us the opportunity to have you in our country. i'm honored to be here with the distinguished chair of the
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congressional hispanic caucus and with the god mother of the dream act, congresswoman roybal-allard, to be with our distinguished attorney general of california, our former colleague and champion on this issue in the congress and now in the courts, xavier becerra. he's dedicated a good deal of his official life because of the dreamers. he knows that what's good for the dreamers is good for america. others have been here, senator menendez, representative sanchez and i just want to acknowledge also congresswoman sylvia garcia, congressman correa and congressman garcia who have joined us now. now, here we are on this day that should be a very hopeful one for our country.
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the supreme court of the united states will make a decision to either cause pain or find a just to put it in perspective, ronald reagan -- ronald reagan, this isn't a partisan issue, president reagan when he was president, after the congress passed the comprehensive immigration bill of 1986, he said to congress, he instituted family careness and protected a higher percentage of new comers to our country than president obama's daca order. a higher percent. if the congress had acted, he said we should do more. he, president bush, president clinton, president george w. bush, president obama all subscribed to that except this president, which is so sad. and now this court has to decide as to whether president obama was correct in following the
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lead of president reagan in protecting newcomers in our country or to support the illicit acts of president trump and what he did. acts of presidp and what he did. we urged the court sai to suppot the lower court's decision on this. we urged the court to do that and as suggested we talked about how much pain they would cause. this is an important day and we hope and pray that they will do the right thing. however, at the same time we are going over to the senate and i invite my colleagues to join me as we go over to the senate to join hr six tha but was passed r 160 days ago. the american dream and promised
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act which is a remedy for the dreamers and the temporary protected status. this is a bill that has passed and has overwhelming support as has been mentioned. they are a manifestation of the greatness of the dreamers but also of the support that they have in the country and the communities in which they live. so again we are allowed to march over with this for some reason if the rules do not allow them to march with us but people walk down the hall over time. in any event, we see everything as an opportunity. and this act we saw it on the
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steps of the supreme court this morning, hundreds of young people turning out, and friends to support them. all of them are wonderful but one of the signs say you might say i'm a dreamer but i'm not the only one. we want you to know you are not the only ones being dreamers. we have dreams for you as well and we fully intend to act upon them in as the senator said earlier we are not going away until the job is done. thank you for your courage. thank you for dreaming because that is a part of what america is. impeachment house inquiry today on c-span3 with testimony from william taylor and deputy assistant george kent.
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find the procedures on, and watch our live coverage on c-span3, on your computer or mobile device, or listen live on the free c-span radio app. morning, the house intelligence committee holds the first public impeachment hearing. next, the debate from the house when numbers debated a resolution setting the rules into impeaching president trump. this debate took place on october 31. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 660 and ask for its immediate considering. the speaker: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 66, 0