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Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. MEEKS of New York. Who are we? We call ourselves American citizens. We're proud to be Americans. Why are we proud to be Americans? Well, we were raised in American schools, we loved our country, we studied our history, we wanted to prosper, we wanted to be able to do the things that cause us to be free.

We care about children. What we're talking about here is a group of children who all they know is what we know. In fact, many of them had no idea that they were not American citizens. They grew up loving this country; they grew up aspiring for the same things that we have; then all of a sudden they find out that they can't continue with their education, they can't go into the military.

If we are truly Americans, if we truly care about kids, if we truly stand for our core values, we will tell those children because those children are as much American as each and every one of us. Let's support the DREAM Act.


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