DREAM Act Still Alive

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 This week, Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) are to introduce the DREAM Act as an amendment to H.R. 1585, the Department of Defense authorization bill, which returns to the Senate floor for debate this week.

 

 

You may remember that the Department of Defense authorization bill was debated in mid-July but was pulled for reasons unrelated to the DREAM Act.The DREAM Act would provide a 6-year path to permanent residence and eventual citizenship for individuals brought to the U.S. years ago as undocumented children if they graduate from high school and continue on to college or military service.

 

This may be the best chance this year for the DREAM Act to become law (although most likely it will not be the last opportunity). If the amendment passes, the DREAM Act would stand an excellent chance of becoming law this year. The amendment will need 60 votes to pass. We do not yet know when the vote will be, and it is possible that procedural obstacles could prevent one from occurring at all.

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But regardless, it is imperative for all DREAM Act supporters to call your Senators and send an e-mail message to them today, and again tomorrow, and again every day until the vote occurs.
This time, even more than the last time the amendment was set for consideration, anti-immigrant groups have come out swinging by spreading falsehoods about the DREAM Act in an attempt to inflame their base to intimidate Senators like they did in the Senate debate about immigration reform. But DREAM Act supporters are passionate too. We can and must fight back and match their intensity.

 

Call both your Senators and tell them:
“PLEASE VOTE FOR THE DURBIN-HAGEL-LUGAR DREAM ACT AMENDMENT TO THE  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL SO THAT IMMIGRANT STUDENTS BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN CAN REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL.”

 

Here are the numbers for your senators:
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) – Washington Office (202) 224-3744.
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) – Washington Office (202) 224-3254.
Barack Obama (D-Ill.) – Washington Office (202) 224-2854.
Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) – Washington Office (202) 224-2152.

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