(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement highlighting the hypocrisy of Democrat leadership as they continue to hold the paychecks of thousands of Americans hostage in this partial government shutdown:
“Almost a year ago, Speaker Pelosi spoke on the House floor for more than eight hours about the importance of bringing a legislative solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. During this speech, which is the longest speech in the history of the House, she said ‘there is nothing partisan or political about protecting DREAMers.’ However, with the Speaker’s gavel back in hand, she has seemingly changed her mind, putting her political agenda before the DREAMers she so passionately urged the Congress to protect,” said Dr. Bucshon.
“This week, President Trump proposed a commonsense proposal to secure our border and end this needless government shutdown. Not only did this proposal contain $5.7 billion for additional personnel and a physical barrier to secure our southern border sought by President Trump and Republicans in Congress, but it also contained a legislative solution to provide legal protection for 700,00 DACA recipients and 300,000 Temporary Protected Status recipients sought by Democrats in Congress. If Speaker Pelosi really believes what she told Congress and the American people last year when she said, ‘As Members of Congress, we have a moral responsibility to act now to protect DREAMers,’ then she would put forth the President’s proposal for a vote in the House tomorrow.”
“The humanitarian crisis along our border is the result of a broken legal immigration system and lack of willingness to sit down and negotiate a solution. The President’s proposed compromise is a step in the right direction as it would secure our border and end the humanitarian crisis there, provide legal protection for DREAMers, and put an end to this politically-based partial government shutdown.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Floor Speech Feb. 7, 2018
“This debate is an utter waste of time. Every day, courageous, patriotic DREAMers lose their status, and, every day, the American dream slips further out of reach. As Members of Congress, we have a moral responsibility to act now to protect DREAMers, who are the pride of our Nation and are American in every way but on paper. I use this occasion as opposing this bill to speak further about social justice in America. The American people want Congress to pass a Dream Act: Eighty-four percent of Americans support a path to citizenship for DREAMers or permanent status; 88 percent of Independents back the path of citizenship or permanent status; and 70 percent of Republicans back either citizenship or permanent status. The three Bs—business; badges, our law enforcement community; and Bibles—are imploring Congress to pass a Dream Act. Earlier this month, I stood with evangelical leaders to call on the Speaker to bring the Dream Act to a vote for the sake of family, fairness, and respect for the spark of divinity within every person. There is nothing partisan or political about protecting DREAMers. If a Dream Act were brought to the floor, it would pass immediately with strong, bipartisan support. I commend my Republican colleagues for their courage in speaking out on this, yet our DREAMers hang in limbo with a cruel cloud of fear and uncertainty above them. The Republican moral cowardice must end. Members of Congress are trustees of the people and of our Nation. Why are we here if not to protect the patriotic young people who are determined to contribute and to strengthen America?”