Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Make Your Call for Justice: Support the Dream Act

Congress may consider the DREAM Act this week or sometime before the end of its lame duck session. As you may know, this legislation – the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act -- could provide access to legalization to tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant students.

Many more young people could be eligible and benefit long term if the bill is improved before final passage. Please join us in urging Congress to bring DREAM to more youth and students by including access and options tocommunity service, as well as educational opportunities and job training.

We urge you to call your congressional representatives NOW to ask for their support of DREAM. Click to get the contact info for your Representative and Senators.

A just DREAM must include options to community service & education

The current version of the DREAM Act requires applicants to complete high school, demonstrate good moral character and complete at least two years of higher education or U.S. military service.

Please ask your congressional delegation to add community service to the list of criteria for access to this program. This would restore a provision of the original bill and would embrace a broader cross section of students. It would provide more life choices and options for these young people beyond the controversial military service criteria, which could act as a de facto "poverty draft."

And ask representatives to support access of undocumented students to in-state tuition and federal financial aid.

Take a few minutes to call (202) 224-3121 to connect to your representatives’ offices and ask that they support and improve the DREAM Act.

[Click here to see the important message and commentary from our colleagues at the American Friends Service Committee.]

Tens of thousands of young immigrants -- "undocumented and unafraid" -- and their supporters have rallied to support DREAM. Let’s send a message to Congress that we stand on the side of justice and in support of immigrant youth and students, for their future and that of their families.

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