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Harkin Statement on Obama Administration Immigration Announcement

June 15, 2012

Harkin Statement on Obama Administration Immigration Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced a new immigration policy modeled after legislation supported by Harkin.  The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act removes barriers to education for many young immigrants in Iowa and the United States.  

Audio of Senator Harkin’s remarks from his call with Iowa journalists today on this subject can be found here: http://harkin.senate.gov/documents/mp3/4fdb6441b8a6d.mp3.

“I support the Obama Administration on this announcement today.  At the heart of this matter is a fundamental issue of human rights and fairness to children who came to this country as a result of their parents’ actions.  They should not be denied opportunities.  

“I have supported legislation in Congress that supports this same goal – legislation that used to have bipartisan support.  It remains my hope that we can get the DREAM Act passed over the objection of Congressional Republicans.”