DREAMers Undettered As Senate Delays Action on DREAM Act
Path to Legal Status for Undocumented Youth to be Voted on Next Week
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Statement from the United We Dream Network:
“As young undocumented people, along with our American citizen supporters, we await another round of debate next week as Congress will vote on the DREAM Act, a measure to create a path to legal status for those who attend college or serve in the military. The Senate voted to table their version of the DREAM Act, as they await to debate the version that just passed the House of Representatives yesterday.
DREAM Act students will not rest and will continue advocating until the very end of the lameduck session. Affiliates of the network held watch parties across the nation for Dreamers to support each other and call their Senators together.
The DREAM Act must now gather critical support from a number of Senators still sitting on the fence, both Democrats and Republicans. Having more time between votes gives us time to shift our focus from the House to the Senate and make sure our voices are heard.
Some republicans have blurred the debate by painting a negative portrayal of undocumented students. Senator Sessions took to the Senate to claim that DREAM-eligible people would buy fake diplomas online. Our lives are real and our diplomas are real. We need Senators to rise above the fakeness and get real, the time for DREAM is now. We urge everybody who has ever supported the DREAM Act to take time to make some phone calls and urge senators to vote YES on DREAM. As Representative John Lewis shared last night, “The time is always right to do what is right”.
The United We Dream Network is a national immigrant youth-led organization committed to achieve equal access to higher education for all people, regardless of immigration status. We aim to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and to develop a sustainable, grassroots movement, led by immigrant youth, documented and undocumented, and children of immigrants. We use leadership developmen