The Rev. Josefina Beecher 12/03/2010
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Greetings!


The DREAM Act could come up for a vote in the Senate and House soon. Call your representative and senators and ask friends and family members to join you. Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-225-3121, and ask for your Senators and Representative, and urging them to vote for and publicly support the DREAM Act.

If enacted, the DREAM Act would create a pathway for undocumented immigrant students to legal status. Students will be eligible for the pathway to legal status if they:

entered the United States before age 16;

lived in the U.S. for at least five continuous years immediately before the bill becomes effective;

graduated from high school or gained admission into an institute of higher education;

have "good moral character" and not committed certain crimes; and

are younger than 30 when the bill becomes effective.

The DREAM (The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act is bipartisan legislation that would provide the opportunity to young people with good moral character, who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and graduated from high school to legalize their status. Instead of punishing students for actions taken on their behalf and beyond their control, the DREAM Act would provide fair process by which they could gain legal status.

The Episcopal Church General Convention passed a resolution in 2009 (B006) in support of legal status for undocumented youth who arrived as infants and/or children and have grown up as members of our communities and schools, providing for them the opportunity to pursue higher education and/or serve the United States so they can become full contributing members of our communities and could eventually become U.S. Citizens. The DREAM Act would make a huge difference in the lives of undocumented youth who were brought to the United States by their parents and now, because of their lack of legal status, face obstacles to their future. By removing such barriers, the DREAM Act will allow immigrant students to pursue their dreams through college education or, if they choose to, through military service. DREAM Act students are talented, intelligent and dedicated young people who know only the U.S. as their home and who are ready to contribute to this country and have much we can benefit from.

So, make your calls and urge your friends and family who you will be with in the coming days to make these calls as well. Remember, call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-225-3121, ask for your Senators and Representative, and urge them to vote for and publicly support the DREAM Act.

Ana G. White

awhite@episcopalchurch.org

Immigration and Refugee Policy Analyst

The Episcopal Church

Office of Government Relations