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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Signs Petition to Bring DREAM Act to the House Floor

September 25, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined with House Democratic colleagues in signing a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a permanent solution to allow young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in this country legally. If the petition is signed by a majority of Members, the House would be forced to take a vote on this legislation. Rep. Bass also called on Republicans to participate in this effort to force a vote.

“Tonight, I'm signing a petition for an immediate vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act,” Rep. Bass said. “Especially in Los Angeles, DREAMers are students, teachers, coaches, mentors, entrepreneurs and community leaders from Jamaica, El Salvador, China and Sudan. They are from everywhere but the only place they aren't American is on paper. I urge all Members to join me so that we can protect the more than 800,000 DREAMers from bigotry, fear, and hatred.”

H.R. 3440, the DREAM Act, is bipartisan, bicameral legislation which would permanently protect DREAMers from deportation. It was originally introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) on July 26.  Rep. Bass is a cosponsor of the bill.