GET INVOLVED: Petition your representative to pass the DREAM ACT

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

On September 14th, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he will bring the DREAM Act up for a vote on the Senate floor as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate will soon be considering.   A vote could come as early as Tuesday of next week.

Ask members of Congress to vote for the “DREAM Act”
Please take one or more of the following actions:

Call
Call the offices of your Senators and urge your Senators to support the DREAM Act as a first step to comprehensive immigration reform.  Here is a link where you can connect to your Senators offices (the link will take you to a page on the Web site of Reform Immigration FOR America):
http://bit.ly/8Zp1Yr. Or dial 1-888-254-5087

Suggested Message:

“I am calling to ask Senator ________ to vote in favor of a common sense piece of immigration reform, the Dream Act or S.729. It is a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for thousands of young people who are Americans in every way but the paperwork- provide they have shown good character and either attend college or serve in the military for two years.”

Send a Fax
Send a fax to your Senators.  Use the tool set up by our colleagues at America’s Voice here:
http://americasvoiceonline.org/page/content/dare2dream/

Send a Letter
Go to our Web site to send a letter to your Senators urging them to support the DREAM Act:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5681/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4169

Points You Can Make About the DREAM Act

  • The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that gives eligible young people who were brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to resolve their immigration status and work towards citizenship.  To move from being undocumented to being a U.S. citizen, those eligible will have to pass background checks and be of good moral character, graduate from high school, and go on to complete additional requirements related to attending college or completing military service.  

The DREAM Act is supported by 70 percent of likely voters and by leaders in education, the military, business and religious orders.

  • A national poll of 1,008 adults, conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for First Focus in June 2010, shows that support cuts across regional and party lines with 70 percent overall support.
  • University presidents and educational associations, as well as military recruiters, business and religious leaders have called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act is a great return on money we have already invested and will prepare the country for the global economy.  

  • The students who would benefit under the DREAM Act have been raised and educated in the U.S.  State and local taxpayers have already invested in the education of these children in elementary and secondary school.  America deserves a return on their investment.
  • Leading businesses such as Microsoft have endorsed the DREAM Act because they recognize that our broken immigration system is draining our economy of the talent and resources needed to compete in the global economy.

The DREAM Act promises to dramatically increase the pool of highly qualified recruits for the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • There is a strong tradition of military service in immigrant families, but the lack of immigration status prevents many of those who wish to serve from enlisting.  

Passage of the DREAM Act will increases revenues in our communities.

Enabling 800,000 immigrant students access to higher education would go a long way in inspiring other immigrant youth to strive for a college education. This will help boost the number of high skilled American-raised workers.  As they take their place as hard working, taxpaying Americans, they will contribute a lifetime of revenues at the local, state and federal level.

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