House of Representatives: Allow Legal Immigrants to Qualify for the DREAM ACT
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House of Representatives: Allow Legal Immigrants to Qualify for the DREAM ACT

    1. Rebecca Hamilton
    2. Petition by

      Rebecca Hamilton

      Land O Lakes, FL

George and Philomena Hamilton bought a business in Tampa, Florida, in 2006 to come to the United States from Scotland on an Investor Treaty Visa. They brought with them their daughter, Rebecca, who had just turned twelve, hoping for a better education for her. Being in Florida from such a young age, Rebecca grew up fully assimilated with American culture; supporting American sports teams, learning the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, referring to America as ‘home’, and even speaking with an American accent. Knowing the lengths her parents went to in order to provide her with the best opportunities possible, she never took her education for granted. Throughout middle school and high school, she took countless honors classes along with many AP and IB college courses, always making straight A grades, and graduating as Salutatorian of her school’s IB program. These accomplishments helped her gain a full-ride scholarship worth over $200,000 to Rollins College, where she is currently a sophomore in the Honors Program with a 3.93 GPA. But when she graduates in May of 2015, her F1 visa, along with her “American Dream”, will expire and Rebecca will face deportation back to Scotland because there are currently no pathways to permanent residency or citizenship for immigrants in her situation.

There are thousands of other immigrants like her who are due to be given a path to citizenship through what is known as the “Dream Act”. This act is part of the new Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill proposed by the Senate “Gang of 8” on Wednesday, April 17th. It allows for immigrants brought to this country as children who pursue higher education or serve in the military a chance to apply for a green card and stay in America. Rebecca meets all requirements except for one; she was brought to this country legally. As the bill is currently written, only those children brought to the country without documentation will be allowed to stay under the Dream Act upon completing their higher education, while those here on legal visas will be forced to leave the place they call ‘home’.

It is a moral imperative to include legal immigrants in the Dream Act. Failing to do so will not only export thousands of talented, American-educated young minds to competing countries, but also sets a double standard by punishing those who came to this country legally, while rewarding and encouraging undocumented immigration.

Please sign this petition asking The House of Representatives to include legal immigrants in the Dream Act and let immigrants like Rebecca stay in our country as hard-working and productive members of American society.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. The Bill´s Final Stages

      Rebecca Hamilton
      Petition Organizer

      The bill will be voted on by the Senate in just over a week. In the meantime, Senator Rubio´s office has expressed that they are currently working on a solution to include legal immigrants in Dream Act legislation. We will be monitoring progress carefully and will post with any definite updates as soon as possible.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Fox 35 Orlando- Link!

      Rebecca Hamilton
      Petition Organizer

      Here is a link to the video of my interview with Fox 35 Orlando, which aired last night!
      http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/22136418/dream-act-a-dream-deferred-for-some-legal-orlando-immigrants

      'Dream Act' a dream deferred for some legal Orlando immigrants

      ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - It's a side of the immigration debate that you probably haven't heard. There are some immigrants in the United States who are here legally, but who can't figure out how to remain that way, and the "Dream Act" seems to ignore them.

    5. Fox 35 Orlando

      Rebecca Hamilton
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, I was interviewed on camera by Fox. For those of you in Orlando, tune in at 10pm tonight to see the segment live! After it airs, it will also be available online for everyone to view. Thank you so much to everyone who had signed so far, we're definitely getting attention for our efforts!

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Published!

      Rebecca Hamilton
      Petition Organizer

      An article I wrote about the petition has been published in my school's newspaper and also the Orlando sentinel!
      http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/1635/article/p2p-75668293/

    8. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Reina Fierro ATLANTA, GA
      • 7 days ago

      I am an E2 visa holder too, in Atlanta Ga, we are hard works that came to this country for a better future. My son is now 8 years all, but We are worry about his future. As Rebecca all this kids deserve too be considerated in the inmigration reform. Please sing this petition too

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      E2VisaReform.org The White House and Congress

      Understand that Legal Immigrants need to be recognized by Immigration Reform too

      Petition by

      E2VisaReform.org

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 days ago

      “We believe in bravery. We believe in taking action. We believe in freedom from fear and in acquiring the skills to force the bad out of our world so that the good can prosper and thrive. If you also believe in those things, we welcome you.”

      ― Veronica Roth, Divergent

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    • Lynda Westog DACULA, GA
      • 2 months ago

      Because those that follow the rules should be given greater status than those that don't. This is what the American Dream is supposed to be about.

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    • Karen Woodrome DACULA, GA
      • 2 months ago

      This bill is unjust to those who have been in our country legally for years!

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    • Kelly Fuller BUFORD, GA
      • 2 months ago

      We are watching a local family, Chris and Petra Hope, go through this with their daughter, Chlow, this week. They own a restaurant in Buford, GA and are active and generous supporters of our Mill Creek community.

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