Murphy, Grassley, Casey

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

Senator Murphy: (3:15 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "President Trump gave you something that says immigration on it. Why aren't you accepting it? It's a terrible proposal. It's bad for America. To his credit, president trump does attempt to try to deal with these dreamer kids, but there are three million potentially eligible individuals in this country, and it only allows about 1.8 million of them to get through the process. But that's really not the worst part. The worst part is it cuts legal immigration by 40%. It basically abandons this country's commitment to family-based immigration. Listen, I wouldn't be here if we only had skills-based immigration. Most members of this body wouldn't be here if the only way that your parents or grandparents or great grandparent could have come here is because of a Ph.D."

 

Senator Grassley: (3:27 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "And then of course we didn't do anything Monday, didn't do anything on this issue Tuesday. I don't know whether we're going to have any votes today. But here we are debating immigration. We have a chance to do what members of the other political party as advocates for dreamers and DACA kids, and we have them on this side but maybe not as vocal or as loyal as Democrats are on this issue, and now somehow we have a difficult time getting the issue up, getting it up and getting something passed. And I offer to my 99 colleagues something the president said he would sign. Now maybe you don't like exactly what's in that proposal."

 

Senator Casey: (3:47 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "In Pennsylvania, ending DACA would result in an annual loss of $357.1 million to the state G.D.P, according to the center for American progress. Currently, about 900 dreamers are serving in the United States military, and more than one out of every seven DACA-eligible immigrants have language skills that are currently in short supply in the U.S military. It makes no sense to remove these dreamers from a country they call home. I believe it's both wrong and dangerous. The American people overwhelmingly support allowing dreamers to stay in the United States. It's about time congress listened to the nearly 80% of Americans who want to pass protections for dreamers along with increased border security so we can prevent this situation in the future. So it's time for action."