Pelosi Sends Letter to Speaker Ryan Asking for Meeting with Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Legislative Response to President’s DACA Announcement

Sep 1, 2017
Press Release

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

Washington, D.C. – Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Speaker Ryan calling for him to meet with House Democratic leaders and Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus next week to discuss a legislative response to the President’s upcoming announcement on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.  

As Leader Pelosi writes, “Deporting patriotic, courageous young men and women who are American in every way would be disastrous for our communities, our economy and our nation. … That is why I am writing to ask you to meet with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other House Democratic leaders as soon as we return next week to discuss a comprehensive legislative solution for our country's DREAMers.”

Full text of the letter can be found below:

September 1, 2017

The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
H-232, United States Capitol
Washington, D.C.  20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:
 
It was heartening to hear your comments today to a local radio station encouraging President Trump not to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.  As you know, the President is likely to make an announcement early next week.  Deporting patriotic, courageous young men and women who are American in every way would be disastrous for our communities, our economy and our nation.
 
In your comments today, you noted that “this is something Congress has to fix.”  I agree.  That is why I am writing to ask you to meet with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other House Democratic leaders as soon as we return next week to discuss a comprehensive legislative solution for our country's DREAMers.  The CHC has introduced legislation similar to the DREAM Act that passed the House in 2010.  We must take urgent action together to shield our bright, young DREAMers from the arbitrary cruelty of deportation.
 
Thank you for your attention to our request.  I look forward to hearing from you soon on this urgent matter.  
  
best regards,

NANCY PELOSI
Democratic Leader

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