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Senate may vote soon on DREAM Act--September 19, 2007

Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) are set to introduce the DREAM Act as an amendment to HR 1585, the Defense Authorization Bill, which returns to the Senate floor for debate. HACU’s policy statement strongly supports advocacy “for the DREAM Act and other appropriate legislation, so that all students, and especially immigrant students, have the opportunity complete their college education and become contributors to the American Dream.”

The Department of Defense authorization bill authorizes defense programs for FY 2008 (beginning October 1, 2007) and includes funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The DREAM Act will provide a 6-year path to permanent residency and eventual citizenship for individuals brought to the U.S. years ago as undocumented children if they graduate from a U.S. high school and continue on to college or military service.

This may be the best chance this year for the DREAM Act to become law. If the amendment passes the Senate, the DREAM Act will have an excellent chance of becoming law this year. The amendment will need 60 votes to pass in the Senate.  Following Senate action, the Defense bill must be reconciled with the House.

We do not yet know when the vote will be, and it is possible that procedural obstacles could prevent one from occurring at all. Nevertheless, it is imperative for all DREAM Act supporters to call and/or e-mail their Senators as soon as possible to ask for their support and to emphasize the importance of the DREAM Act for so many young persons who can one day make vital contributions to the economic and national security needs of the nation.  

You can find your Senators' phone numbers here.

Remember that your e-mail, fax and telephone calls will offset efforts by anti-immigrant groups determined to prevent immigration reform and especially the DREAM Act from becoming law.

CALL BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS TODAY.
ASK THEM TO VOTE FOR THE DURBIN-HAGEL-LUGAR DREAM ACT AMENDMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL AND GIVE IMMIGRANT STUDENTS BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL.

YOUR LEADERSHIP WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

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