Let’s make the DREAM Act happen now!

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[Hat tip to our old friend Francisco “Paco” Barragan, who we hope will be back here blogging any day now…]

The Dream Act: Get the Facts and Take Action!
Making the Dream Come True

Dear Francisco:

We are getting closer to making the dream a reality for the thousands of deserving youth who would qualify for the DREAM Act’s benefits and we need your help to make these dreams come true. Join us in letting Congress know that this is important by joining our DIPLOMAS FOR THE DREAM ACT campaign.

Click here to add your name to a diploma.

LULAC will hand deliver your diploma and a letter to your Representative and Senators. Help us overwhelm your Representative’s offices by spreading the word and getting your friends, family and colleagues to send a diploma of their own.

Get the Facts & Take Action Today: Call your Members of Congress and let them know why the Dream Act is important for our youth. It stimulates our economy, it adds qualified recruits to the ranks, and it is a good first step in moving us in the right direction for fixing our broken immigration system.

Before you call your Member of Congress, be sure to take some time to get the facts. Dispel the myths that are going around and empower yourself with knowledge

The Dream Act:

  • Is not amnesty: eligibility requirements for legal status are strict and legal status must be earned: Students must have entered the U.S. at age 15 or younger and must have been living in the U.S. for at least the 5 years before the act’s passage. The bill benefits students 35 and younger, but to be eligible individuals should have entered the U.S. at age 15 or younger. Only “eligible” immigrants with good moral character are eligible for the DREAM Act relief.
  • Strengthens our military readiness and national security – thousands of high school graduates and highly qualified recruits will be eligible to join the ranks of the armed force. The DREAM Act is included in the Department of Defense’s FY2010-12 Strategic Plan to help the military “shape and maintain a mission-ready All Volunteer Force.” One of the steps kids could take to obtain permanent residency under the DREAM Act is to serve in the U.S. armed forces for at least two years.
  • Moves us in the right direction for fixing our broken immigration system- 825,000 young, undocumented people who involuntarily came to the U.S. as children before age 16, will have an opportunity for a path toward citizenship
  • Contributes to the U.S. economy and society – 60,000 undocumented high school graduates will have the opportunity to obtain higher education degrees and fill the gaps in the science, math, engineering, technology, and medical fields
  • Recognizes that immigrants are an integral part of the U.S. labor force – once they obtain both documented status and a higher education, they move to higher paying occupations, earn higher wages, and pay more taxes, which increases tax revenues for the US government.

You can your support for the Dream Act by calling your member of Congress at the following list of numbers or you can CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATORS:

  • Senate English: 866-996-5161
  • Senate Spanish: 866-961-4293
  • House English: 866-967-6018
  • GOP Targets English: 866-587-6101
  • GOP Targets Spanish: 866-956 3902

NALEO Educational Fund has prepared talking points for your outreach efforts: Click here .

And a description of some of the more common myths about the DREAM Act and factual responses to them. Click here for English / Click here for Spanish.

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