Garcia Touts Potential Benefits of Dream and Promise Act

Garcia Touts Potential Benefits of Dream and Promise Act

Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith
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February 1, 2024

Texas Representative Sylvia Garcia (D) spoke on the House floor to tout the potential benefits of her bill, the Dream and Promise Act.

“I grew up 22 miles from the border. I understand the need for security, but the 3 bills that were introduced today do nothing to reform our immigration system. I spoke on the house floor today about my Dream and Promise Act, we must pass generational change that Americans want,” tweeted Rep. Garcia.

“Mr. Chairman, I rise today to urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question to support the Dream and Promise Act. If extreme MAGA Republicans want a real solution for our broken immigration system, the type of bill that the president said he wants to sign, then they should sign up and support my Dream and Promise Act,” said Garcia before addressing the floor.

The Texas representative shared her support for migrants who have been raised in America.

“Today, our country is home to millions of dreamers who were brought to the United States as children and grew up here. In their heart, in their mind and in their soul they’re American, except on paper. This is their country, this is their home. If Congress does nothing, we will lose our neighbors, our family members and friends. We will lose fellow Americans,” said Garcia speaking of the migrants’ identity.

The Texas congresswoman stated that her legislation had bipartisan support. Furthermore, Garcia stated that the bill would create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and immigrant families.

“Make no mistake, this is not a partisan issue. Over 70% of Americans favor a law providing permanent legal status to Dreamers. This is a real solution with support. The American Dream and Promise Act will have a life-changing effect on every single district in this country.”

Garcia pointed to her native South Texas credentials as she pointed to her belief that the border should be secure. However, the congresswoman made sure to emphasize that the bills contained a harmful rhetoric.

“This bill spread racist tropes about immigrants. It’s wasting valuable time and energy that should be going towards writing laws that would lead to real generational change. With my bill, the American Dream and Promise Act, we can create that generational change. Americans support Dreamers, and Dreamers support America. I am opposed to these bills, and I urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question,” said the representative.

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Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a writer and recent graduate, majoring in English.

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