Sen. Tom Carper spoke on the Senate floor Sept. 7 in support of the 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients allowed to work and live in the U.S. under the DACA program.

“I was privileged to be governor of Delaware from 1993 to 2001, and people say that I’m still a recovering governor,” Carper said. “I’ve focused much of my life in public service on creating a nurturing environment for job creation and job preservation. In truth, we don’t create jobs — people in our positions try to create a more nurturing environment for job creation, and that includes a quality workforce with the skills that are needed by employers.”

“I’ve not met 800,000 dreamers, but at Delaware State University, there are 75 dreamers who are undergraduates there, and I’ve met many of them,” Carper said. “They are some of the most remarkable college students I’ve ever met. They’re anxious to make real contributions to our community, to our state and to our country.”

“It’s in America’s naked self-interest to ensure that these young people are given a shot to make the kind of contributions that they’re capable of, to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of employers in this country,” Carper said. “Given that opportunity, they will make their parents proud, they will make us proud and they will make our nation stronger and more economically vibrant.”

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