Every student deserves a chance at the American Dream if they work hard and play by the rules.
But for thousands of students who were brought to this country without documentation by their parents or other relatives, that dream is out of reach.
While they had no choice about coming here, these students have been raised as Americans with American dreams. They did what was expected of them -- stayed out of trouble, studied hard, got good grades -- but are denied the chance to pursue the colleges or careers they want because of the actions of an adult in their lives years before.
StudentsFirst was founded because our educational policies have too often focused on adults' priorities and not the needs of our kids.
Now we have an opportunity to meet the needs of thousands of children by passing the DREAM Act, legislation that would allow students brought here as children to be eligible for in-state tuition and, after having gone to college or served in the military, would put them on a path to legal status.
Passing the DREAM Act is not only the right thing to do for these kids; it’s the smart thing to do for our country. America has invested in these successful young people, and as a nation we should benefit from their hard work and success.
The DREAM Act is good for kids and good for our country. It should become law.
Take action today and urge your representative and senators to pass the DREAM Act.