Every year, 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school with no ability to become citizens, get jobs, or attend a four-year college. The DREAM Act would change that. But despite broad bipartisan support, key leaders in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), have yet to get behind it. Join us in asking chairwoman Valezquez and other key legislators to vote for DREAM. Your voice can give 1 million young people hope for a better future.
UPDATE: The CHC has come out in support of DREAM! But the bigger fight in the Senate has just begun. Please add your voice now. We need everyone's help to make DREAM a reality!
Tell the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other members of Congress that we need the DREAM Act now!
Dear Member of Congress:
The Development Relief for Education and Alien Minors Act(DREAM Act), H.R. 1751, was first introduced in 2001. Nearly ten years later, despite widespread and bipartisan support, the bill has still not passed. What is missing now is Congressional leadership. I want my Senator, Congress member, and particularly the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to support and co-sponsor the DREAM Act.
The deferral of the DREAM Act represents political bargaining at its worst. But with less than a month of Congressional session remaining, comprehensive immigration reform is no longer possible in 2010. In the meantime, over 1 million undocumented young people remain in limbo, unable to fully contribute to the only country they have known as home.
For this reason, leading immigrant right organizations such as the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, America’s Voice, Reform Immigration FOR America, the AFL-CIO, the Center for American Progress, and the National Council of La Raza, and many others are demanding the immediate passage of the DREAM Act. We echo their demand and call on members of Congress to co-sponsor the bill. We can’t watch another class of high school seniors graduate without hope for a better future.
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