We have encouraged those who entered the U.S. at a young age, graduated from High School, but cannot leave to support the DREAM Bill. This is not a law, so it is NOT an Act, yet. This Bill has remained a bill for nearly a decade, because some think it is amnesty.
The Bill proposes to cure the injustice to infants and children, who involuntarily must leave the nation of their birth because of their parents only to face no future as adults in nation of their birth, which they no longer know, because they have lived here for so long. The unlawful presence bar, along with no realistic non-immigration visa options, ruins most of their chances of returning to the nation where they were raised, that is, the U.S.
This came from Meg McCarthy of The National Immigration Justice Center:
July 12, 2010
To Whom it May Concern:
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) is looking for stories of people who would benefit from the DREAM Act, a bipartisan bill that would give a select group of immigrant students the chance to earn legal status. He says these stories will help him influence senators who are on the fence about immigration reform. Stories should be emailed to Dreamers@durbin.senate.gov. Please see the senator’s announcement with more details below.
Tell Senator Durbin Your Dreams!
Senator Dick Durbin, the lead sponsor of the DREAM Act, is gathering the stories of young people who would be eligible for the DREAM Act.
The DREAM Act is a bipartisan bill that would give a select group of immigrant students the chance to earn legal status. You may be eligible for the DREAM Act if:
- You came to the United States as a child (15 or under);
- You are a long-term U.S. resident (five years or more); and
- You have graduated (or will graduate) from high school or have obtained (or will obtain) a GED;
Senator Durbin needs your help as he works to pass the DREAM Act. Telling the stories of DREAM Act students is the best way to build support for the bill. If you are a DREAM Act student, send your story to Dreamers@durbin. senate.gov.
Tell Senator Durbin:
- When did you come to the United States?
- Where did you come from?
- Where do you live?
- Where are you going to school?
- What are you studying?
- What are your hobbies?
- What would you like to do when you graduate?
- What are your dreams for the future?
- Have you ever been in deportation proceedings?
Some of the stories will be posted on the DREAM Act page of Senator Durbin’s website.
At your request, your name and/or your story will be kept strictly confidential.