U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) took to the House floor to call for an up-or-down vote to protect DACA recipients from deportation. Crist is a sponsor of the DREAM Act in addition to the American Hope Act and Uniting and Securing America Act, all of which would create a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers. Please find video and text of the Congressman's remarks below.

Statement of the Honorable Charlie Crist in Support of the DREAM Act:
I rise to tell the story of a young teen who came to our country with nothing but hope for a better future. 

No English. No money. Just a DREAM.

The story may sound familiar, but it’s special to me. It’s the story of my grandfather, Adam Christodoulos.

The story of America is a story of immigrants. 

Now we have a whole new generation of immigrants who embody our American values: family, hard work, service, love for the United States, and DREAMs for the future. 

Without immigrants – from the construction worker in St. Petersburg to the CEO in Clearwater – there is no middle class. 

Let’s remember the Golden Rule, treating all of God’s children the way we want to be treated – fairly, and with compassion. 

Mr. Speaker, let’s pass a clean DREAM Act today. We have the votes. We just need the will. 

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