Yesterday, August 1, 2011, marks the 10 year anniversary of the Federal DREAM Act since its introduction in the U.S. Senate in 2001. As of today, about 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without “papers” and find the door to their future slammed shut. These include honor roll students, star athletes, aspiring teachers, doctors, U.S. Soldiers and contributing members of our society. Our immigration laws currently have no mechanism to consider special circumstances of such students. The DREAM Act, acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, was introduced in in the U.S. Senate in March 2001 to provide undocumented students who meet certain requirements an opportunity to enlist in the military or to go to college and have a path to citizenship that they otherwise would be denied. Also, it would eliminate a federal provision that penalizes states that provide instate tuition without regard to immigration status.
Here are some ways you can make a difference for DREAMers throughout the country! 1) Take 30 seconds to sign this petition to tell President Obama and ICE Director John Morton to halt the deportation of all DREAM Act students:
3) Share the petition on Facebook and Twitter, and forward this email out to your listservs and networks.
The DREAM Act would allow America to gain from the talent of educated immigrants, increase diversity and tolerance and pull up immigrant communities nationwide. It is critical to encourage and remind members of all communities the importance of the DREAM Act, and it’s impact on America’s future. Let’s continue to stand in solidarity!