Activists Say Dream Act and CIR Not Dead
While some law makers consider the Dream Act dead, many students and activists refuse to give up. The Dream Act allows approximately 90,000 children of undocumented immigrants to go to college or serve in the military and eventually join US society as permanent residents after 10 years.
The Dream Act came up for a vote during the 2010 lame duck session. Sen. Lindsey Graham mocked the students as he told them not to waste their time. Conservative voices in the Senate refused to advance the legislation and now claim the law is dead.
Not so fast', say the students. The Dream Act lives on, and even perhaps Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), a border security bill that would add 3 billion to the treasury and seal the borders at the same time, will one day come back for a vote by a wiser legislative body.
Until Congress moves, requests for a version of the Dream Act are being made throughout the country on a state level. In Colorado, young people ask for the passage of house bill 126, or the Colorado Asset bill. Call your legislatures RIGHT NOW! says Brendan Greene who is helping the organization Padres y Jovenes Unidos. Other Colorado organizations are working hard, too, including the Colorado Civil Rights Coalition (CIRC). While the law does nothing for immigration status, it provides in-state tuition for young people who have lived in Colorado nearly all of their lives. It was not their fault they were brought to the state as children, some so young they don’t remember the journey. A similar law which passed in Texas added millions to state educational coffers the first year. Colorado is desperate for additional tuition to cover massive budget cuts, says the Colorado Higher Education Access Alliance.
An intrepid youth known as "Dream Agent LA" says On Sunday, June 5th, 2011, at 12:00, activists will be meeting at the New Jersey state house to demand their legislature pass a form of the Dream Act, saying "Stand Up For The Dream!" Activists say the state has a high concentration of undocumented youths. Dream Agent LA is part of a larger organization called Action Dream Team working on uniting Dreamers across the nation. They have a big announcement to make, but we will have to wait till next week for that one.Continued on the next page