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Petitioning President of the United States and 42 others

Support the DREAM Act as an Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill

The DREAM Act gets voted as part of an amendment to the DOD bill this coming Tuesday. Urge the Senators on the fence to support this important bill!

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Each year, about 65,000 U.S.-raised students who would qualify for the DREAM Act graduate from high school. These include honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists, homecoming queens, and aspiring teachers, doctors, and U.S. soldiers. They are young people who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives and desire only to call this country their home. Even though they were brought to the U.S. years ago as children, they face unique barriers to higher education, are unable to work legally in the United States, and often live in constant fear of detection by immigration authorities.

Our immigration laws currently have no mechanism to consider the special equities and circumstances of such students. The DREAM Act would eliminate this flaw. It is un-American to indefinitely and irremediably punish immigrant youth for decisions made by adults many years ago. By enacting the DREAM Act, Congress would legally recognize what is de facto true: these young people belong here. DREAM Act students should be allowed to get on with their lives.

If Congress fails to act this year, another entire class of outstanding, law-abiding high school students will graduate without being able to plan for the future, and some will be removed from their homes to countries they barely know. This tragedy will cause America to lose a vital asset: an educated class of promising immigrant students who have demonstrated a commitment to hard work and a strong desire to be contributing members of our society.

 

Letter to
President of the United States
Senator Byron Dorgan
Senator Heidi Heitkamp
and 40 others
Senator Jon Tester
Senator Max Baucus
Senator Susan Collins
Senator Angus King
Senator Mary Landrieu
Senator Jim Bunning
Senator Judd Gregg
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Orrin Hatch
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Senator George LeMieux
Senator Kay Hagan
Senator George Voinovich
Senator Deb Fischer
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Bob Bennett
Governor Sam Brownback
Senator John McCain
Senator Mark Pryor
Kim Dean
MaryJane Collipriest
Tim Becker
Mark Buse
Sage Dunston
Bill Huges
Glen Chambers
Stephanie Schriock
Alyssa Shooshan
Phil Park
Liz Johnson
Pam Gulleson
Jon Selib
Sara Garland
Jane Campbell
Bob Russell
Steve Schrage
Kerry Feehery
John Richter
Jayce Johnson
I am writing to you to express the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) through an amendment process to the National Defense Authorization bill. The DREAM Act was introduced in the Senate and House on March 26 as S.729 and H.R.1751 respectively.

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan proposal, which would create a pathway to citizenship for thousands of young students who were brought to the United States years ago as children. These children have grown up in our communities and include honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists, homecoming queens, and aspiring teachers, doctors, and U.S. soldiers.

Even though they were brought to the U.S. years ago as children, they face unique barriers to higher education, are unable to work legally in the U.S., and often live in constant fear of detection by immigration authorities. Our immigration law currently has no mechanism to consider the special equities and circumstances of such students. The DREAM Act would eliminate this flaw.

By enacting the DREAM Act, Congress would legally recognize what is de facto true: these young people belong here. If Congress fails to act this year, another entire class of outstanding, law-abiding high school students will graduate without being able to plan for the future, and some will be removed from their homes to countries they barely know. This tragedy will cause America to lose a vital asset: an educated class of promising immigrant students who have demonstrated a commitment to hard work and a strong desire to be contributing members of our society.

The time is now.