TBC Chairman Pete Saenz Urges Congressional Action on Dream Act Before Year’s End
LAREDO, Texas (Dec. 21, 2017) – Laredo Mayor and Texas Border Coalition (TBC) Chairman Pete Saenz today wrote U.S. Rep. Will Hurd asking him to urge House Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the Dream Act to a vote in the final few days of the current session of Congress. Representative Hurd is the only Texas border delegation member of the Speaker’s Dreamers Task Force.
A copy of the Mayor’s letter is posted below: December 20, 2017
The Honorable Will Hurd
U.S. House of Representatives 317 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representative Hurd:
The Texas Border Coalition wants to add its voice to those who are urging you to bring the Dream Act to a vote in the final few days of the current session of Congress.
The bipartisan Dream Act would provide administrative relief from deportation for nearly 800,000 young people who entered the United State as children (Dreamers). Dreamers have passed background checks and received permission to live and work in the nation where they were raised as Americans. They know no other country as their home other than the United States and should be able to live without fear of deportation as long as they have not committed crimes. United State taxpayers have helped educate Dreamers from elementary through high school, giving all Americans a vested interest in their success in the work force of tomorrow. More than 800 Dreamers are now serving in the U.S. armed forces.
About 3,000 Dreamers and 3,700 young people who are eligible to become Dreamers live in the 23rd Congressional District. They would face deportation if Congress does not act soon.
In the next few days, Congress will act on several bills to extend government programs. We urge you to call on Speaker Paul Ryan to include the Dream Act as a part of the conclusive agenda, bringing the Dream Act to a vote before the end of the year.
Texas Border Coalition