Thursday, June 3, 2010

SIT-IN: Missouri Youth Urge Senator McCaskill to Champion the DREAM Act
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Dream is Coming
St Louis, Missouri, Washington D.C. On May 27th, members of the Kansas/Missouri DREAM Alliance (KSMODA), along with ally organizations, will hold an all day sit-in at Senator McCaskill’s offices in St. Louis and in Washington D.C. to urge her to co-sponsor the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors Act).

At least 65,000 undocumented immigrant youth graduate from high schools every year, and many of them struggle to attend institutes of higher education and the military. The DREAM Act will grant youth who traveled to the United States before the age of 16 a path to citizenship contingent on continuous presence in the country, good behavior, and the attainment of at least a two-year university degree or a two-year commitment to the armed forces.

This is only the latest in one of many actions of peaceful resistances initiated after four undocumented youth leaders staged a sit-in in Senator John McCain’s office last Monday, May 17th. One of those undocumented youth leaders was Yahaira Carrillo, a Rockhurst student and Missouri resident. Inspired by the courageous risk she took, members of KSMODA and community organizations have decided to respond to her call to action and highlight the fierce urgency of the situation of thousands of immigrant youth across the country.

“Yahaira put her life on the line and risked deportation to draw attention to the fact that thousands of immigrant youth have their hopes, their futures, and their dreams denied. We are confident Senator McCaskill will stand in solidarity with these thousands of deserving students and work to make the DREAM Act a reality,” says Erin Fleming, core leader of KSMODA.
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