Legislation Would Keep Next Generation American Leaders Contributing to U.S.
Washington, DC – The news that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will bring up on the bi-partisan DREAM Act is a welcome and significant step forward for the immigration reform debate. According to the Associated Press, Senator Reid pledged to attach the DREAM Act as an amendment to an upcoming defense policy bill.
According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, “The DREAM Act would be a significant first step toward achieving the ultimate goal of fixing the broken immigration system. We are excited to work with Senator Reid and other leaders of both parties to enact this vital legislation and to end one of the more counterproductive parts of our immigration system. The young people who would be affected by DREAM’s passage are Americans in all but paperwork, embody the core values of our nation, and deserve the chance to pursue their own versions of the American dream. Yet our broken immigration laws are getting in the way of them realizing their full potential – and we all suffer as a result. For both moral and economic reasons, it makes sense to keep a new generation of future American leaders in our nation and contributing to our communities.”
About the DREAM Act: The DREAM Act is a bipartisan measure that would enable high-achieving young people – immigrants who have been raised here, have worked hard in school, and then pursue higher education or serve in the military – to achieve the American Dream. Seventy percent of Americans agree that it makes no moral or economic sense to spend taxpayer dollars arresting, jailing, and deporting youth who grew up in this country. The DREAM Act allows these young people to earn their citizenship and give back to the country they call home. A national poll of 1,008 adults, conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for First Focus in June 2010, shows a stunning level of support, which cuts across regional and party lines. They found 70 percent overall support, 60% support from Republicans, and 80% support from Democrats.
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