CHC Chair Signs Bipartisan Discharge Petition to Force a Vote to Protect Dreamers
May 17, 2018
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement after signing a bipartisan discharge petition to force a long-overdue vote on the House Floor to protect America’s Dreamers:
“I’m especially proud to support the bipartisan “queen of the hill’ effort because it represents the will of the American people. For far too long, hundreds of thousands of productive, contributing young people and their communities have been waiting for this Congress to do the right thing morally, socially and economically for our nation. Today, Democrats and Republicans united to send an unquestionably clear message to Speaker Ryan and Republican leadership that the people’s House wants a debate and a vote on a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers.
“The queen of the hill legislative push keeps our commitment to protecting Dreamers and families, and to using every tool available to pass a bipartisan legislative solution that provides these young people with a path to citizenship. I have no doubt that there is enough will and courage in Congress to take up this debate and finally pass a bipartisan bill that will give hundreds of thousands of young people the opportunity to earn their citizenship and continue to contribute to the only country they’ve ever known.
“I believe that this Congress can and will live up to our highest ideals. I urge all of my colleagues to join the growing number of Republican and Democratic Members signing this historic and bipartisan measure.”
The American people want Congress to pass a DREAM Act, as do the business, religious and law enforcement communities:
- 84 percent of Americans support a path to citizenship for Dreamers or permanent status;
- 88 percent of Independents back a path to citizenship or permanent status;
- 70 percent of Republicans back either citizenship or permanent status.
This discharge petition would force a House vote on bills to protect 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.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.