JPANet: Pass the DREAM Act!

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At the end of this new school year, approximately 2.8 million students will graduate from high schools in the U.S. But approximately 65,000 of these graduates will neither attend college, enlist in the armed forces, get a decent job, nor otherwise live a full life. Their restricted future is not due  to their lack of motivation, but stems from the immigration status passed on to them by their parents. These young men and women grew up on American soil and respect the laws of this country, yet they bear the inherited title of “illegal immigrant.”

It is not only socially irresponsible but also morally unacceptable to cut off young people from opportunities and the bright future that could be theirs, and to leave them no  recourse and without hope. Further, the United States has already made a substantial investment in these youths. It is not good for communities or wise fiscally to throw it all away.

The DREAM Act is a bill repeatedly introduced in the United States Senate that will solve this growing problem. This bill is a carefully constructed document with strict requirements and eligibility limitations. Under the provisions of this bill, those who entered the United States five years prior to the passage of the legislature and were under the age of 16 at the time of entry, are eligible for a six year conditional residency status upon completion of an associates degree or two years of military service. If the applicant demonstrates good moral character, at the end of the six year conditional residency, the applicant can apply for United States citizenship. This is the opportunity that eligible students hope for.

The Dream Act will grant these youths the opportunities they now lack: the chance to study, to work, to serve in the Armed Forces, to be a part of the American Dream. We have a short window of opportunity to get this passed. Urgent action is needed!

Two ways to engage:

  1. Call your members of Congress and ask them to support the Dream Act. It’s the right thing to do; it’s the moral thing to do and it is also the smart thing to do for, what happens to a young person who is not allowed to dream?

    Call your legislators and ask them to support the DREAM Act. Call the Capitol Switchboard Operator at 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your Senators.  Tell your Senators that as their constituent, you urge them to cosponsor and help enact the DREAM Act so that undocumented high school graduates brought to the United States as children can realize their potential  trough higher education and service to the United States, thus benefiting all Americans.
  2. Send the following letter to your senator.

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