WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) reintroduced the Dream Act, which would provide qualifying long-term undocumented residents of the U.S. with the ability to earn lawful permanent residence through education, employment, or military service. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Neil Bradley, released the following statement supporting today's introduction:
"We applaud Senators Durbin and Graham for reintroducing the Dream Act today. Dreamers were brought here to the U.S. as children, which is the only country they know as home. They are our neighbors, our classmates, and our coworkers. They contribute to their communities and the companies where they work; some have even started their own businesses.
“Permanent protection for Dreamers is long-overdue and should become law without delay. Providing Dreamers with an opportunity to earn permanent legal status and U.S. citizenship will benefit our economy, strengthen our communities, improve our national security, and is simply the right thing to do.”
The Chamber urges Senators to support this bipartisan legislation. Members who cosponsor this bill will receive credit for the Leadership component of their “How They Voted” rating.