Support the DREAM Act!
This is a letter from a parent of a student who lives in Texas (Btw KIPP is a network of schools that helps underpriviliged children get ahead in life through education. I have graduated from one of these schools):
Our stance on immigration reform has been to focus on one aspect inside this complex issue:  for children who did not make any choice to come to this country because they were carried here by their parents, and who have done all the right things we have asked of them (stay in school, behave well, go to college, etc), we feel they have EARNED the right to now be a productive member of society, contributing both their brain power and college-educated economic resources to help us make Houston a greater community.  The DREAM Act accomplishes this belief by granting  a legalized residency pathway to kids who go to and through college as well as kids who serve our country in the military.  There are other aspects of immigration reform which need to be tackled that are much more difficult and complex to find a solution, but this part, which has been carved out as its own independent bill, in the way I view the worldJ, is a no-brainer.  There are MANY KIPPsters who are currently in college who do not have post-graduation employment options with the present situation.  Many more struggle to stay in college given they cannot receive any federal college loans.

The U.S. House just passed the DREAM Act!   The final vote was 216 to 198, with 8 Republicans voting in favor. However,  the work is not yet over.  We face an uphill climb in the Senate today, where the DREAM Act needs to garner 60 votes.  Yesterday many helped by making over 40,000 calls in favor of the DREAM Act.  As is evident by the close vote in the House, the calls made a difference!

You can help! Here’s what you can do now…

We need to continue working to help get the DREAM Act secure the votes it needs in the Senate.  Call 1-866-587-3023, and ask your Senators to support the DREAM Act.  After you’ve called the D.C. office, call all your Senators’ local offices.

The DREAM Act would provide a qualified path to citizenship for thousands of immigrant youth and young adults seeking to obtain a college degree or to serve in the U.S. Military, and who otherwise meet the conditions of the law. We’ve come a long way since the DREAM Act was first introduced in 2001.  Today’s version of the DREAM Act is a far cry from what was first offered in 2001 by Senators Richard Durbin and Richard Lugar. The bill is the result of difficult concessions that were made over the last week to build support in the Senate and the House. The DREAM Act is now supported by 70 percent of Americans, the President, the Department of Defense, numerous university presidents, the business community and religious leaders.  Yesterday, it got a stamp of approval from the U.S. House.

We need your help in the Senate!

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