Congressman Crowley Urges Passage of DREAM Act

Dec 8, 2010

Washington, D.C. —Today, Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), one of nine chief deputy whips, urged passage of the DREAM Act (H.R. 5281). The DREAM Act will provide a way for undocumented  young adults who were brought here as children  to  afford college and serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, all while helping to reduce the deficit by $2.2 billion over 10 years. Below are Congressman Crowley’s remarks as submitted for the record:

“We talk a lot about the American Dream – how we’re going to help people achieve it, keep it, pass it on to their children.

“But there is a group of young adults in our country that is denied any real shot at the American Dream. Today we have the chance to change that.

“We’re not giving anyone a free pass. These kids live here, they go to school here. They are active in their communities and they contribute to society.

“But then we say to them:

“You want to take out a student loan, or get work-study, and go to college? Too bad.

“You want to serve your country in the armed forces? Sorry.

“You want to better your community and society? Not interested.

“Some people might think they win cheap political points by attacking this group of people. But the truth is, we all lose if we allow politics to get in the way of a bill that benefits our economy, our national security and our society.”

Congressman Crowley is the six-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.