Dream Act Gains Momentum in Congress

Hello everyone! The DREAM Act has been a hot topic in Washington today, after news that in the coming weeks the Senate will take up the bipartisan legislation to help 50,000 students.

The DREAM Act would allow immigrant students with good character to obtain conditional permanent resident status after high school graduation, and then apply for citizenship if they successfully graduate from two years of college or serve two years in the armed forces.

Lily is in the midst of speaking events and unable to post a new blog entry, but as you know she has been an outspoken support of the DREAM Act.

I am the daughter of an immigrant. I am living my mother’s American Dream. I went to college on scholarships and students loans and as a starving folk singer. This great country made an investment in my dream to become a teacher, and I like to think it was a good investment.

Imagine us making that investment in these children’s dreams. Giving these good, hard-working, visionary children the same opportunity to walk across a stage and graduate and to walk towards something better. To walk out of the shadows and into the light of a country that will finally accept them as “our” children. To give them a country that they can finally call home.

We hope you’ll take a moment and speak up for these students. Urge your Senators to support the DREAM Act.

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4 Responses to “Dream Act Gains Momentum in Congress”

  1. Bob Munoz

    I would love to see a bipartisan effort and have them pass the Dream Act. There are those new and old senators who are puffing their chest out continously when it comes to the Dream Act and other immigration issuses. I see them as the national bullies because they are constantly harrassing and speakiing about and to undocument immigrants as if they are hard core criminals. They do this because the immigrants do not have a voice in these issues and they do not have the power of the ballot box. The bullies have to show their constituents back home that they are just like them and so the immigrants are in one hell of a position : I am damned if I do and I damned if I don’t.

  2. Bob Munoz

    It is incumbent on us to do what we can to help with the Dream Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform issues. The undocumented are going beyond their boundaries to have something favorable passed on their behalf. We need to help as much as we can to make this become a reality and they will be eligible to have conditional temporary status in the U.S. It is impossible to ask them to leave or imposed heavy penalties as has been suggested. They make the least amount of money, therefore, a monetary penalty will cause the majority of the undocumented to continue to live in the shadows and face mass explotation. Please Help!

  3. Laceyj

    For those interested in learning more about or perhaps better understanding the unique plight of undocumented children in our country consider reading, Just Like Us, by Helen Thorpe, the journalist wife of colorado’s governor elect, John Hickenlooper. Thorpe follows four Latina’s coming of age in Denver’s public schools. Thorpe’s skill and connection with these women is built over several years and the result rivals Ron Suskind’s Hope in the Unseen. The best book I’ve read in ages.

  4. Dan Bokman

    At this time it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?


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