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‘Qué Pasa’ in Immigration: National Mobilization for DREAM; Obama Pledges Support

by Maribel Hastings on 09/17/2010 at 12:01pm

Outlets throughout the Spanish-language press report this morning on the nationwide efforts to mobilize for the DREAM Act and President Barack Obama’s commitment to support efforts to pass the bill.

Mobilization for DREAM. La Opinión covers a “call marathon” students in California are holding to get the Senate to pass the DREAM Act. News agencies EFE and Notimex also cover mobilization efforts across the country, and AOL Latino posts an article by Maribel Hastings of America’s Voice on the story.

Obama pledges support. The AP, Univisión.com, and EFE (among other outlets) cover yesterday’s meeting between President Barack Obama and Hispanic congresspeople Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL). EFE writes:

“all three confirmed that in the meeting Obama restated his commitment to immigration reform, and assured them he would use ‘all the power of his office’ and call senators next week to persuade them to vote for the Dream Act.”

El Diario: GOP should say “yes” to DREAM… El Diario-La Prensa (New York) publishes an editorial titled “Yes to the ‘DREAM Act,’” about the importance of this vote. One of the points the editorial makes is that:

“Republicans see this effort by Democrats as political opportunism—a maneuver to attract Latino voters. The Republicans’ attitude ignores the fact that thousands of students—citizens and noncitizens—have been pushing for this bill to pass. And while they criticize the Democratic strategy of including the bill in the Defense authorization package, they haven’t offered an alternative path by which it could get into the President’s hands. We urge Republican leaders to join Democrats to achieve this dream.”

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