May 18, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) signed a bipartisan discharge petition to force a long-overdue vote on the House Floor to protect America’s Dreamers.

“Courageous, patriotic Dreamers in New York and around the country are living in limbo, under a cruel cloud of fear and uncertainty,” said Rep. Espaillat (NY-13). “I am proud to take real bipartisan action to get the American people a vote on legislation that would finally ensure America’s Dreamers can live with certainty and continue to enrich our nation.”

The American people want Congress to pass a DREAM Act, as do the business, religious and law enforcement communities:

•           84 percent of Americans support a path to citizenship for Dreamers or permanent status;

•           88 percent of Independents back a path to citizenship or permanent status;

•           70 percent of Republicans back either citizenship or permanent status.

This discharge petition would force a House vote on bills to protect Dreamers, including the bipartisan “Dream Act of 2017” and the bipartisan Hurd-Aguilar “USA Act of 2018.”  The proposal receiving the most votes on the Floor would be adopted, under a “queen-of-the-hill” procedure.

“A DREAM Act will pass overwhelmingly if brought to the Floor, and will be signed if brought to the President’s desk. I urge my Republican colleagues to join Democrats to sign this discharge petition, so we can safeguard the hopes, dreams and futures of bright young Dreamers in New York, my district, and in communities across America,” he concluded.


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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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