Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dare to dream

According to The St. Petersburg Times, the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act is to be reintroduced this week by Sen. Richard Durbin.

"The DREAM Act is a bipartisan proposal, which would create a pathway to citizenship for thousands of young students who were brought to the United States years ago as children. These children have grown up in our communities and include honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists, homecoming queens, and aspiring teachers, doctors, and U.S. soldiers.

Even though they were brought to the U.S. years ago as children, they face unique barriers to higher education, are unable to work legally in the U.S., and often live in constant fear of detection by immigration authorities. Our immigration law currently has no mechanism to consider the special equities and circumstances of such students. The DREAM Act would eliminate this flaw.

By enacting the DREAM Act, Congress would legally recognize what is de facto true: these young people belong here. If Congress fails to act this year, another entire class of outstanding, law-abiding high school students will graduate without being able to plan for the future, and some will be removed from their homes to countries they barely know. This tragedy will cause America to lose a vital asset: an educated class of promising immigrant students who have demonstrated a commitment to hard work and a strong desire to be contributing members of our society."

On Thursday, March 26, ask everyone you know to call into Congress in support of the DREAM Act (Dial 202-224-3121 to be connected to your member of Congress).

1 comment:

  1. It's great to see your supporting the DREAM Act. Email me at kyle at citizenorange dot com when you get the chance.


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