Rep. Chu Issues Statement on House Passage of the DREAM Act
December 8, 2010
Washington D.C. – Today, Rep. Judy Chu voted in favor of the American DREAM Act (H.R. 5281), which passed the House of Representatives for the first time ever as a standalone bill by a vote of 216 to 198.
“Today is an historic day for hundreds of thousands of students who have grown up in the United States, worked hard and now have the chance to pursue their dreams. I know how important this bill is because I taught in the LA Community College District for 20 years. I taught hundreds and hundreds of students, whose only hope for a better life was through higher education, and whose lives changed dramatically when they got a degree,” Rep. Chu said.
“These students cannot wait another day for Congress to do the right thing and come to their aid. That is why the Senate must quickly come together, put aside politics and send this bipartisan bill on to the President for his signature before the end of the year.”
“The DREAM Act is an important down payment on Comprehensive Immigration Reform that will provide immediate relief to those who have no other option and have done nothing wrong – but it cannot be the end of the road. Our immigration system is still broken and we cannot stop fighting for a permanent solution.”
The Dream Act is bipartisan, targeted legislation that gives students, who are already here and have grown up in the United States, a chance to contribute to our country’s well-being by serving in the Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education. The bill would give such young people the opportunity to resolve their immigration status and contribute to the country.
Congresswoman Judy Chu is a member of the House Immigration Subcommittee, a cosponsor of the DREAM Act and an original co-sponsor of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform ASAP Act (CIR-ASAP).
Chu also sits on the Education and Labor, and Government Oversight Committees. A lifelong educator, Congresswoman Chu taught community college classes in Los Angeles and East Los Angeles for 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology and a B.A. in mathematics.