Earlier this evening, Rep. Will Hurd (R - TX23) supported an amendment by Rep. Mo Brooks (R - AL5) that will now keep young immigrants known as "Dreamers" from serving in the United States military. The amendment struck a bipartisan compromise that had been reached in the Armed Services Committee.

The provision of legislation that Mr. Hurd voted to remove would have directed the Pentagon to consider allowing young immigrants who are qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to serve in the U.S. military. 

Children brought into and raised in the United States through no fault of their own - who have gone to school in the United States - now will have no opportunity to pay back the country that has afforded them an education.

Following is a statement from Gallego for Congress spokesman Anthony Gutierrez:

"Young immigrants who want to repay America through service and who are willing to put their lives on the line for our country deserve our respect - though Congressman Will Hurd apparently disagrees. Less than 1% of our country serves in uniform, but Rep. Hurd would prefer a weaker military over giving immigrant kids a shot at defending the country that has already given them so much."

A great many immigrants have served in our military - and their service has been much appreciated by their brothers and sisters in uniform - even if it's not appreciated by Congressman Hurd."