My apologies for missing this on Immigration Prof Blog last week... I was traveling that day and didn't see this very important posting.
Students Fight for the Dream Act: A Message from the DREAM Act Portal Forum
September 5, 2007
We, the members of The Dream Act Portal Forum, are asking parents, students and pro-immigrant organizations to be part of our campaign for the passage of the DREAM Act. If anyone who is reading this letter was considering calling, writing, faxing or e-mailing his/her Senators, today is going to be the best day to do so. Juan Gomez is a young man facing deportation. He was brought by his parents when he was only two years old. Now, his only chance to stay in the United States of America is the DREAM Act. He made national news, a few weeks ago, when his school mates went to Washington, D.C. and spoke to politicians. Today, Juan Gomez and several members of the Dream Act Portal Forum are in Washington, and they are talking to Senators about the importance of the DREAM Act.
The DREAM Act is not a little amnesty, since none of its beneficiaries choose to break the law. Neither it is fiscally impossible. Every year 65,000 undocumented students graduate from High School, from a total high school graduate population of 2.5 million students. Undocumented students are less than 3% of the total population. Even if this numbers increase, they would still be less than 6% of the total population at best. For a student to qualify he/she needs: Be 16 or younger when arrived to the United States. Lived for 5 years or more in the USA. Graduated from High School Have good moral character, and no criminal record. In addition, he/she needs to finish two years of higher education or serve honorably in the military.
For more information about the Dream Act: http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:S.774 A link to your senators contact information: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Send an e-mail to your senator: http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/NILC/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=12129
Please, call your senators and tell them that you want the Dream Act to pass as soon as possible.