Mr Speaker my faith and my values teach me we do not punish children for decisions made by their parents. That’s why I rise in support of the DREAM Act.
Common sense tells me that thousands of decent, hardworking young people in our country will be better off by bringing them out of the shadows of our society and giving them the opportunity to serve the country which they call home.
In an age of hard-edged partisan politics have we grown so coarse and callous that we would send young people back to the countries that are foreign to them and their upbringing.
We should debate how to better secure our borders, but in the meantime in this season of hope, and love, and joy let us turn to our better nature and let the youth among us live out their dreams. We’ll be all the better for it.
Delivered from the Floor of the US House of Representative on Dec. 7, 2010