This week Washington is all about DREAMs. And trying to make those DREAMs come true.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the DREAM Act, may come up for a vote in the house as early as Wednesday or Thursday, according to congressional insiders.
In the absence of broad fair and humane immigration reform legislation this Congress, LIRS urges constituents to voice support for bringing undocumented youth out of the shadows so they can continue to contribute to the country they call home. This bill has a long bipartisan history and its passage would be an important step towards comprehensive immigration reform.
In a recent letter, Linda Hartke, President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service, urged congressional leaders to support the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009:
The DREAM Act would allow undocumented students who came to the United States as children, who are long-term U.S. residents, and have good moral character to become lawful permanent residents provided that for two years they attend college or serve in the U.S. military.
America’s greatness has been built on the hard work of generations of newcomers who have cherished education, committed themselves to hard work and excellence, and have returned many fold great benefits to our society and local communities. The students who will benefit from the DREAM Act should have the opportunity to continue to pursue their education, to work and to earn a path to citizenship in the United States. Furthermore, they should be protected from being returned to a country they do not know.
LIRS continues to support comprehensive immigration reform and the imperative of building welcome in every city, town, workplace, school and place of worship. However, in the absence of an immigration reform overhaul, LIRS stands ready to work with Congress and the Administration to ensure the passage of this important legislation.
How can you help make DREAMs come true? First of all get informed. Much of the conversation surrounding the subject of immigration is fueled by misinformation. Read up on some important facts and figures surrounding the DREAM Act and share that information with others. Then visit our Action Center and let Washington know you STAND FOR WELCOME and support the DREAMs of our immigrant youth.