Dream Act Reintroduced in Senate
On Wednesday, May 11, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 32 cosponsors reintroduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or “DREAM Act,” legislation that, if passed, would provide undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship if they attend college for two years or serve in the military. This came only one day after President Obama gave a speech in Texas, saying “we should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents. We should stop denying them the chance to earn an education or serve in the military. And that’s why we need to pass the DREAM Act.”
Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives. This legislation, which has been introduced in every congressional session since 2001, has received widespread support from the business, labor, education, and faith sectors, and enjoys high public approval ratings.
This bill cannot come quickly enough for the young men and women - and children - whom it affects. Every day, talented young people are deported away from the only country they know as home.
Help build momentum for the DREAM Act! Urge you senators and representative to co-sponsor the bill.
We are joining Nebraska Appleseed in asking you to take a moment to call your Senators and your Congressman. Ask your friends and family to do so, too. You can leave a message if you call after business hours.
If you need an idea of what to say, tell them:
"Hi, my name is ________ and I live at [address]. I'm calling to ask ________ to co-sponsor the DREAM Act. This is a bill that helps Nebraska's future, our youth, and our economy."
Here are a list of Nebraska state senators and representatives:
Senator Mike Johanns: (202) 224-4224
Senator Ben Nelson: (202) 224-6551
Representative Fortenberry: (202) 225-4806
Representative Smith: (202) 225-6435
Representative Terry: (202) 225-4155
The DREAM Act would allow our country to prosper from the contributions made by promising and hardworking immigrant youth. These youth were brought to the U.S. at a young age, but are not able to fully contribute to American society because of their immigration status. Many did not even know about their status until they applied for college and were surprised to find that they are undocumented in the only country that they consider home.
We need the talents of Nebraska youth who are our future doctors, teachers, and entrepreneurs. For the future of our communities, the talents of these young leaders are an enormous asset.
The DREAM Act would allow undocumented youth who were brought to the US before they turned 16 years old to apply for legal status if they meet certain criteria (good moral character, have been in the US for more than 5 years, are under 35 years old, attend 2 years of college or serve in the military).
Your calls make a difference. We need everyone's voice to pass the DREAM Act.
Call now and forward this email to your friends and colleagues.
Thank you for your continued support of immigrant youth!