Perdue, Sanders, Merkley, Blunt

The vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Perdue: (12:31 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Over the past 11 years, Congress has failed to fix our broken immigration system, primarily three times, primarily because it's attempted to solve the entire situation, the comprehensive problem, and that would be the legal situation, the temporary work Visa problems, and then the illegal situation. The Secure and Succeed Act only deals with our illegal immigration policy. From the onset of these negotiations, President Trump has been consistent with what he wants as part of any immigration deal, dealing with the illegal immigration system. He gave us a clean framework months ago and said any plan that did not fit that framework would not become law."


Senator Sanders: (12:44 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "The situation we are in right now as a result of trump's action means that if we do not immediately protect the legal status of some 800,000 dreamers, young people who were brought to this country at the age of 1 or 3 or 6, young people who have known no other home but the United States of America, let us be clear that if we do not act, and act soon, these hundreds of thousands of young people could be subject to deportation. And that means they could be arrested outside of the home where they have lived for virtually their entire life and suddenly be placed in a jail. They could be pulled out of a classroom where they are teaching, and there are some 20,000 DACA recipients who are now teaching in schools all over this country."


Senator Merkley: (1:34 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "That's us. America. And that's why a century after our nation's founding, the French gave to the United States the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty that has stood as a beacon of hope, welcoming those from other lands. And inscribed at the foundation pedestal of that statue are these words: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuge of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, the tempt effort toss to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door. Those were the welcoming words to hundreds of thousands arriving here in the United States."


Senator Blunt: (1:54 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Of course we want them to be part of our economy. Of course we want them to be part of a vital and because they are who they, an even younger society, then we would be without them, why would we want that to happen. So we have two issues here. The idea of people who are raised here who have done everything that anybody else would do to acclimate as an American in all ways, who went to school here, who did everything else here, 70% or 80% of the American people - I occasionally see a number even higher than that - believe they should be allowed to stay."