Friday, April 3, 2009

The D.R.E.A.M. Act Reintroduced

The D.R.E.A.M. Act (The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act), was reintroduced to the United States House and Senate last month.

The bill has attracted signficant bi-partisan support, including: Senators, Russell Feingold (D-WI), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Mel Martinez (R-FL), Joe Lieberman (I- CT), Harry Reid (D-NV) and U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Jared Polis (D-CO), Joseph Cao (R-LA), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Devin Nunez (R-CA),
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

The D.R.E.A.M. Act does more than just facilitate the dreams and aspirations of the children of undocumented immigrants. If the legislation is not passed, another year goes by when the undeniable resources of young people, educated in our country and undeniably a part of our life and culture could become unavailable to us. It is not just a matter of fairness, its a matter of economic and common sense.

These youth, about 65,000 of them, want only the opportunity to continue their education and make invest their lives in a country that has already invested in theirs.

Its easy to brand these children and their families as 'illegal' without addressing the illegality and the immorality of the businesses that exploit cheap labor, or the attitudes that find it more charitable toward some who overstay visas from other countries than for those who come here from the south.

Until we have a comprehensive and sane immigration policy, the D.R.E.A.M. Act provides the pathway to citizenship to thousands of youth who want real opportunity and a future in the United States.

I hope you can support the D.R.E.A.M. Act. The passage of this legislation is a statement that we have neither opportunities or lives to waste...

1 comment:

Chris said...

There is so much room for massive fraud in this bill. Please google the following:

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