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DREAM Act is Reintroduced in the House and the Senate

March 26, 2009 - Posted by Katherine Vargas

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has joined forces with Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN), Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) and Congressman Lincoln Díaz-Balart (R-FL) and several other Republican and Democratic Representatives to reintroduce the Development, Relief and Education for Aliens Minors Act or DREAM Act.  The DREAM Act is an important component of comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship to immigrant students who have been raised in the U.S., graduated from a U.S. high school, have stayed out of trouble and attend college or serve in the military.


Ruben Rumbaut, a sociology professor at the University of California at Irvine who has been studying immigrant children since the 1960s accurately called these students the “1.5 generation”; highly bilingual and high achievers, working to “make good” in the eyes of parents who made substantial sacrifices on their behalf. They have been beating the odds all of their young lives.


These hard-working individuals were brought to the U.S. when they were just children and call America home, are deprived of achieving their full potential because they are punished for a decision they had no control over. Ignoring their situation and ignoring the inadequacies of our outdated immigration system will not resolve our immigration problems.


As our country seeks ways to rehabilitate our economy, we should keep in mind the many young and talented individuals who are already living in the U.S. and who could be part of the skilled and educated workforce of the future that will help us compete in the global economy.


Today’s introduction of the DREAM Act is additional proof that Congress is getting ready to work on immigration reform. We applaud these courageous Members of Congress who have set partisan wedge politics aside and are ready to engage meaningfully to find a practical and fair solution to our immigration troubles.


You can read our press statement here and show support for the DREAM Act here and here


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