August 1, 2011, marks the 10-year anniversary of the Federal DREAM Act since its introduction in the U.S. Senate in 2001. For 10 years, undocumented students have suffered under our broken immigration system. This country, a nation of immigrants, cannot continue to shackle the dreams and lives of the undocumented community.
While the possibility of passing the Federal DREAM Act seems slim to none this year, President Obama himself can take action through executive power. With the stroke of a pen, the President can halt the deportation of all DREAM-eligible students.
One student who is directly threatened by the possibility of facing deportation is Ju Hong. Ju was brought to this country as a young child from South Korea and is currently a student senator at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly the student body president at Laney College in Oakland. He hopes to graduate from UC Berkeley next year with a degree in political science.
We are calling on President Obama and ICE Director John Morton to take immediate steps to stop the deportation of all DREAM Act students throughout the country. DREAM-eligible students are being unfairly punished for something over which they had no control. For many, this is the only country they have ever known. It is a terrible waste of federal resources and an abuse of human rights to prosecute these young people, to deport them, and to separate them from their family and friends.
We urge you to be part of this campaign by signing this online petition. Our goal is to send 10,000 petitions to President Obama and ICE Director John Morton to bring an immediate end to the deportation of DREAM Act students!
Let’s not wait another 10 years to make our DREAM a reality. Join us!