Linda Sánchez Calls on Republican Leadership to Allow a Vote on the Dream Act Before the End of Year

December 18, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and the highest ranking Latina in the House, today released the following statement calling on Congress to pass the Dream Act before the end of the year:

“Passing the Dream Act should not be this difficult. It is a priority for the Democratic Caucus and enjoys strong support from many Republicans. The impediment all along has been the Republican leadership’s unwillingness to do the right thing and put the Dream Act up for a vote. I am proud to join members of the Hispanic Caucus to strongly urge Republican leaders to schedule a vote on a clean Dream Act before we leave for the holidays. There is enough bipartisan support to get this done – we just need a vote.

“Since President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, more than 12,000 young people have lost their protection from deportation. Every day that Congress delays this bill from becoming law, 122 Dreamers lose their protected status. Democrats stand ready to finish our work and pass protections for Dreamers.”