On September 14, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that he would push for the passage of the DREAM Act, legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrant students who attend college for two years or join the military.
While this is not a substitute for the full comprehensive federal immigration reform Long Island and our nation need, this represents a gigantic step forward for moving immigrants who meet age, residency, and moral requirements out of the shadows and allowing them to contribute more fully to our communities.
Long Island Wins is asking that you send a message to your US Senators in New York, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, asking them to wholeheartedly support the DREAM Act, and help this legislation move through Congress in the weeks ahead.
You can email Gillibrand and Schumer by signing this petition and call their Long Island offices at 631-249-2825 (Gillibrand) and 631-753-0978 (Schumer). If you're not in New York State, find your Senator's contact info at Senate.gov.
We're also sending this petition to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the hopes that he'll endorse the bill, and push other Republicans to join him.
The DREAM Act will help bring thousands of undocumented students out of the shadows, and give those students - who were brought to the US as children - the opportunity to contribute more fully to our communities.
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