We just finished one, now it’s time to finish the other.
Call (866) 529-7628 and tell both of your senators and your representative to vote YES on the “DREAM Act”!
Dear NCLR Supporter:
With Thanksgiving recess behind us and our members of Congress returning to Washington, DC after celebrating a great American holiday, now is the time for them to vote on the “DREAM Act”! There are few things more American than pursuing your dreams, and that is exactly what the high-achieving youth who would benefit from the “DREAM Act” are looking to do.
The “DREAM Act” will allow undocumented youth who came to this country at a young age and show good moral character to earn their citizenship if and only if they meet the following conditions: they were brought here as children through no choice of their own, they earn a high school degree, and they work toward completing two years of college or two years of military service. This is a no-brainer, right?
Well, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the “DREAM Act,” and irresponsible legislators such as Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL), who has called these deserving youth “criminals,” are trying to keep Congress from fulfilling their dreams. But nothing is more powerful than the words of potential “DREAM Act” beneficiaries, their teachers, and their families who told the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) their stories:
“I am 18 years [old] and I have been living in the United States for well over 12 years…The United States is the country that makes dreams come true and inspires us to overcome obstacles. I have overcome many obstacles in pursing my dream of graduating college. I am currently a student and I understand the great benefits that would come from this reform. We are not criminals, but want to become citizens of this bountiful country. If you could please help contribute to what matters to us, then I know that we will do what we can to make this a better and stronger country.” – Beatriz
“Half of my students cannot continue their postsecondary education because of their undocumented status. It is silly to think they can be contributing members of my community with just a high school diploma; they need the opportunity to continue their training and education to realize their dreams.” – Elizabeth
“I am a U.S. citizen born from Mexican parents. I have put myself through school and have a career. I have everything I worked for and what God has given me. I do not have a family of my own because the love of my life is not legal. He was brought here to this country when he was young and he has no fault. He attended school and graduated from high school but is unable to go any further because he is undocumented. He has dreams and dreams to help this country. He wants to join the military and he is not a criminal. He just wants to have a family and work hard to live in freedom.” – Monica
Join Beatriz, Elizabeth, and Monica by calling your members of Congress now!
Call (866) 529-7628 and tell them to vote Yes on the “DREAM Act”!
Make sure you call both of your senators and your representative for a total of three phone calls.
Let’s make this year memorable by fulfilling the dreams of so many youth!
Immigration Legislative Analyst