Murray, Cornyn

Motion to Proceed to the vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Murray: (2:24 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "To start, dreamers, hundreds of thousands of our friends and our neighbors, our teachers, our firefighters, our service members, our students, are not criminals. They are not ms-13 gang members. Nor are they the shadowy figures depicted in discussing campaign ads in the president's speeches. They are not a drain on our economy. In fact, dreamers are just the opposite, contributing in countless ways to our communities and enriching the lives of so many others. So who are dreamers? Dreamers are determined, they are passionate, they are American in every way except on paper. They are fighting for the only lives they have ever known. They are fighting for their loved ones with everything they have got. "


Senator Cornyn: (2:29 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "We said, please, President Obama, give us a chance to work with you to come up with a solution. And he listened and said no. I'm going to do - I'm going to sign an executive order or action and I'm going to go this alone. Well, unfortunately for the young people who were the beneficiaries of this DACA executive order, the court struck it down and so they were left in doubt and in some jeopardy wondering whether now that they had been granted a deferred action against deportation by President Obama what their future would look like. And so president trump, upon the advice of General Kelly, who was then secretary of homeland security, said give the congress some time to deal with this, and, indeed, here we are with a deadline of March 5."