Pelosi Remarks at Press Event with Congresswoman Lujan Grisham and Evangelical Leaders in Support of Congressional Action to Protect DREAMers

Jan 18, 2018
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, Evangelical Leaders and DREAMers for a press event in support of Congressional action to protect DREAMers.  Below are the Leader’s remarks: 
 
Leader Pelosi.  Good afternoon, everyone.  As we begin this session, I am going to invite the very distinguished Bishop Harry Jackson, Senior Pastor at Hope Christina Church, to lead us in prayer for our DREAMers. 

Bishop Jackson.  Let’s bow our heads, please.  Heavenly Father, we thank you today that we are here in recognition of the image of God in every living being.  We are here crying out to you for mercy and grace.  Lead the Leader and all who speak today.  Lead this government to make wise choices that impact our future.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Leader Pelosi.  Thank you very much, Reverend Jackson.  Good afternoon, everyone.  We are joined here in the spirit of bipartisanship, compelled by our faith to protect our DREAMers.  It is an honor to be here with Reverend Sam Rodriguez who delivered a strong message of mercy and humility at the Presidential Inauguration for President Trump.  Members of Congress and the faith community are firmly united in demanding immediate action to defend DREAMers and we have bipartisan legislation to do that.

I am also pleased that we will be joined by Reverend Tony Suarez who is here, who is the Executive Vice President for the Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. Jay Strack, who we will be hearing from, President of the Student Leadership University.  Bishop Harry Jackson and Reverend Sergio De La Mora, lead pastor of Cornerstone Church and President of Hispanic Mega Church Association, which has over 40,000 churches.  We are very proud, again, to be with our DREAMers, let us applaud them, all of them, for their courage.

[Applause]

DREAMers make America more American with their hope, determination, optimism, their insistence on making America better for the next generation.  Those are American traits.  They make our country more American. 

Thank you, Elias and Andrea, who we will be hearing from, for sharing their stories.  Again, this is nothing partisan, nothing political about defending Americans’ dreams.  Her people are so determined to make the future better.  

If brought to the floor, the DREAM Act would pass with overwhelming bipartisan support.  If brought to the President’s desk, it would be signed.  We know we have to address some issues that relate to border security and we hope we can do that in very short order.  As the Reverends know, fighting for DREAMers is respecting the value of family that is the heart of our faith and identity as Americans.  It means valuing the spark of divinity in every person that Reverend Rodriguez reminds us of all the time.  It means fulfilling our sacred duty to “serve one another as good stewards of the manifold graces of God.” 

Addressing a Joint Session of Congress, Pope Francis urged our nation to open our hearts and doors to young immigrants, so they can, in his words, “inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so many people to dream.”

Let us remember those profound words as we take action to safeguard the hopes and futures of our DREAMers.

We take hope in the commitment of President Trump, echoed in his words in a bipartisan meeting last week, which I’ll reference later.  Right now though, I’m very pleased to welcome Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, he spoke at President Trump’s inauguration so beautifully, he is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Senior Pastor of the New Season Christian Worship Center, thank you for honoring us with your presence, Dr. Rodriguez, thank you. 

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Leader Pelosi.  Thank you very much, Elias.  I know we have some very distinguished leaders in the faith community here, but I think they would agree that our VIPs today are our DREAMers.  Thank you Elias, thank you so much.

[Applause]

Speaking of faith leaders, I’m pleased to also recognize William Canny, he’s Executive Director of Migration Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  In acknowledging him, acknowledging the extraordinary work of the Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Again, based on the spark of divinity that Reverend Rodriquez reminds us to be such champions for immigration and what it does for our country.  Please bring our best regards to the bishops.

[Applause]

I am just as inclined to call on another person, and he happens to be a faith-based leader.  Reverend Sergio De La Mora used to lead as Pastor of Cornerstone Church, President of Hispanic Media Church Association, earlier he told me his personal story that I hope he will share with you about how important immigration is to America and to our DREAMers.  Could you?  Thank you!

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Leader Pelosi.  Thank you all very much.  As we acknowledge, once again, our DREAMers who are the inspiration as has been mentioned, they are the loyalty to the future as you referenced earlier.  I just want to acknowledge from California, CHIRLA. That organization that has done such a remarkable job in advocacy for our DREAMers and Angelica Salas who is here with us, thank you, you and Angelica for all of your hard work.  And once again let us salute our DREAMers.  Thank you, thank you all.

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