The Dream Act

13 04 2009

Last year I wrote about the Dream Act here about many immigrant youth that were brought to the US usually as infants and that are Americans in almost every way, except they are undocumented. In the article I cited at that time there were a few that didn’t even know they were undocumented, until it was time to get a driver’s licence or go to college, because they could not do either one.

That is where The Dream Act comes in, it is a project to help those kids go to college. It is not to pay for their college education, it to allow them to go. They had no say in what country they were raised, they had no say in coming here; but they are here now, they are great members of society, they are good students and they want to pursue a higher education.

 The Dream Act was introduced on March 26, 2009.  You would probably ask, why do I care? Why should I support them, they are not here legally? Well  first, it was not their choice, second they are already here, they have been raised as Americans, and lastly, as members of society wouldn’t you rather have these kids go on to college and become part of the engine that moves the country forward? would you rather they be unemployed or worst? They have so many possibilities, they can find the cure for AIDS or Cancer or Parkinson’s, they can improve the way of life of their own communities, they can be anything that they set their minds to be. Would you want that possibilities for yourself or your own. Well they are your own. Read their stories here they are not an abstract idea, they are real, they are Americans from every corner of the world and they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Help them become the better future for America…

Here are some things you can do to support the DREAM Act:

1. CALL – The National Council of La Raza has a page to help you call your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.
http://capwiz.com/nclr/callalert/index.tt?alertid=12988601

2. FAX – America’s Voice has a page to help you fax your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.
http://americasvoiceonline.org/page/speakout/DaretoDream

3. EMAIL – Change.org has a page to help you email your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.
http://www.change.org/ideas/932/view_action/ask_your_congressperson_to_support_the_dream_act

4. PETITION – Dreamactivist.org has the official petition in support of the DREAM Act.
http://dreamact2009.com/

5. TEXT – Text “Justice” (“Justicia” for Spanish) to 69866 to be the first to know when the DREAM Act is introduced.  FIRM’s Mobile Action Network is an excellent way to stay connected and have maximum impact at just the right moment.
http://fairimmigration.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/action-join-the-fight-for-immigrant-rights/

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2 responses

20 11 2011
uscitizenshipblog

Does the DREAM Act allow undocumented students to pay cheaper tuition than citizens?

25 11 2011
Di

The short answer to your question is NO!! This is a very common misconception. I have a coworker that told me that she heard on Fox news that the Dream Act wanted to give undocumented immigrants free college education. This is wrong, the Dream Act wants kids that have been here for a long time and have been educated in our school system to be able to go to college and pay IN-Sate tuition, right now those who manage to go pay like a foreign students which is crazy expensive. The just want to pay what you or I would pay.

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