The DREAM That Just Won't Die
Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools. The bipartisan Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (H.R.1842/S.952) addresses the precarious situation faced by these ambitious young people, many of whom were brought to the United States as children, and who have since grown up here, stayed in school, and been law-abiding contributors to our communities. The DREAM Act would provide certain undocumented youth conditional legal status and eventual citizenship if they pass background checks, prove to be of good moral character, graduate from high school, and go on to attend college or join the military.
These young people want to contribute to building our country. According to a recent poll by Opinion Research Corporation, 70% of likely voters are are supportive of the DREAM Act, including 60% of Republicans. Yet some Members of Congress are standing in their way. In the 111th Congress, the bill passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support and received a bipartisan majority vote in the Senate, only to fail because of a filibuster.
This was a devastating blow, but a new opportunity has arisen to make our voices heard. For the first time ever, the Senate will host a landmark hearing on the DREAM Act. If you happen to be in D.C., come along!
Who:Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL)
What:First-Ever Senate Hearing on the DREAM Act, Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
When:10:00am ET, Tuesday June 28th 2011
Where: Room 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC
Whether or not you're in D.C., now is the prime moment to tell Congress to help these young people achieve their DREAM. In emails, faxes and phone calls, please contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support the DREAM Act (H.R.1842/S.952). The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202.224.3121. For more information, please contact Legislative Assistant Amelia Viney at 202.387.2800.