Friday, May 29, 2009

New York Mayor and Numerous NY Companies Endorse the DREAM Act

 This was released today (May 29, 2009) from

 click here to see Bloomberg's letter

Mayor bloomberg and nyc business leaders endorse the dream act

New York, NY - Yesterday, eighteen New York City-based businesses and Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent a letter to Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) pledging their full support of the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act and urging passage of the legislation.

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan bill that addresses the situation faced by young people who were brought to the United States years ago as undocumented immigrant children, and who have since grown up here but are being denied the ability to fully contribute to society.

The letter authored by Mayor Bloomberg and co-signed by the following companies:

    *  Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
    * Con Edison
    * Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
    * National Grid
    * American Express Company
    * JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    * Pfizer
    * Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
    * Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
    * Macy's Inc.
    * Morgan Stanley
    * New Corporation
    * Citigroup
    * WL Ross & Co. LLC
    * Tishman Speyer
    * Partnership for New York City
    * Boston Properties

The signatories stress that the "passage of the DREAM Act would go a long way towards correcting an inequitable situation that drains our economy of talent and resource." They go on to state, "[T]the DREAM Act offers a fair bargain benefiting both children and the country."

"This bold step taken by Mayor Bloomberg and these industry leaders follows on the heels of a similar letter from Microsoft and shows the business communities' understanding of the positive and much needed contributions these young people can make to our nation," said Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center. 

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