President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus leadership all agree on one thing for the lame duck session after Thanksgiving: we need to pass the federal DREAM Act now, so undocumented youth who have grown up in this country can finally serve in the armed forces and contribute to our coffers.
It's not only the right thing to do -- it is an economic benefit for the country and one step towards finding a solution to a broken immigration system.
The House is expected to take a vote this week, followed by the Senate. We have the House votes but lack the required 60 votes in the Senate.
Sign the email petition to wavering Democrats and Republicans, and make sure to get those calls in.
Unsure DemsSEN. JOE MANCHIN OF WEST VIRGINIA 202-224-3954
SEN. KENT CONRAD OF NORTH DAKOTA 202-224-2043
SEN. MARK PRYOR OF ARKANSAS 202-224-2353
SEN. JON TESTER OF MONTANA 202 224-2644
SEN. MAX BAUCUS OF MONTANA 202-224-2651
SEN. KAY HAGAN OF NORTH CAROLINA 202-224-6342
SEN. OLYMPIA SNOWE 202-224-5344
SEN. SUSAN COLLINS 202-224-2523
SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI 202-224-6665
SEN. SAM BROWNBACK 202-224-6521
SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON 202-224-5922
Call-in Script: "Hi I am calling to ask that Senator _______ vote for the DREAM Act. This bill will allow for undocumented youth to fix their status by serving this country in the armed services, go to college, in addition to allowing for them to return the investment our country has made in them. Please vote yes on the dream act."
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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. Vote for hope, not for fear. Vote for the American dream.