DEROGATORY STATEMENTS REGARDING DREAMERS; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 107
(House of Representatives - July 24, 2013)

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                DEROGATORY STATEMENTS REGARDING DREAMERS

  (Mr. HINOJOSA asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. HINOJOSA. Mr. Speaker, America expects Members of Congress to 
exemplify what is great about our country. They expect us to represent 
virtues of tolerance, respect, and intelligence. Generalizations about 
children, about entire races of people are intolerant, disrespectful, 
and not very intelligent. Our country expects better from us. Recent 
comments made by one colleague across the aisle are far below those 
expectations.
  Forget for a moment that the DREAM Act is the right thing to do and 
will help grow our economy. Forget that most DREAMers are the best and 
the brightest of our country, and that passing the DREAM Act will 
increase DREAMers' earnings by an aggregate of 19 percent, totaling 
$148 billion in wages by 2030, triggering more spending on goods and 
services throughout our economy and generating $181 billion in 
increased economic growth by 2030, creating millions of jobs for 
Americans. Forget that providing a strong incentive for DREAMers to 
further their education will add 223,000 college diplomas to the 
workforce and open doors to better paying jobs. Forget all that, and 
remember that these are children and young adults. These are human 
beings. They deserve better than the derogatory statements of my 
Republican colleague. The American people deserve better.

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