DREAM Act Reintroduced. How Can We Keep the DREAM Alive?

dream-act-rallyYesterday the DREAM Act was reintroduced.

Congressmen Howard Berman (D-CA) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), announced the reintroduction today of the DREAM Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation will restore the States’ rights to determine residency requirements for higher education benefits – giving states the option to provide in-state tuition. The American DREAM Act seeks to facilitate access to postsecondary educational opportunities for immigrant students in the United States who currently face barriers in pursuing a college education. It also provides a path to U.S. legal residency for students, and military personnel.

Pero I have also been critical of the legislation for it’s inclusion of a military path to citizenship which encourages young people of color to join the military when already, documented or not, young people of color are targeted as the canon fodder of the U.S. military industrial complex.

Perhaps even more disturbing is how laws such as the DREAM Act promote a narrative of good vs bad immigrants, the deserving vs. the undeserving.

That said I am in a privileged position to even be able to look at it from that perspective. I am a born U.S. citizen and I need to acknowledge how that position colors how I view the DREAM Act and other such legislation.

There are ways that we can support the DREAM Act, so that por lo menos some movement is made on the immigration rights front and who knows, quizas pave the way for even greater changes in the current immigration system.

Kyle over at Citizen Orange tells us Five Ways we can support the DREAM Act and the dreams of many undocumented students.

1. CALL – The National Council of La Raza has a page to help you call your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.

2. FAX – America’s Voice has a page to help you fax your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.

3. EMAIL – Change.org has a page to help you email your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.

4. PETITION – Dreamactivist.org has the official petition in support of the DREAM Act.

5. TEXT – Text “Justice” (“Justicia” for Spanish) to 69866 to be the first to know when the DREAM Act is introduced. FIRM’s Mobile Action Network is an excellent way to stay connected and have maximum impact at just the right moment.

Via / Citizen Orange

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14 comments on “DREAM Act Reintroduced. How Can We Keep the DREAM Alive?
  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It is a difficult piece of legislation. I have deep ethical issues with the military provision, the assimilationist rhetoric surrounding the DREAM Act, and so much else. That being said, I have not found one unauthorized migrant youth against it, and it is for that reason that I will keep fighting for it.

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  4. ja ja. Michelle Malkin is linking to VL. ja ja. Let the crazies roll in. Thanks Michelle. Maybe you’ll give us good stat numbers.

    Anyway Kyle, my undocumented student amigos also support the legislation, which is why while I think it’s important for me to be real about my hesitations, it’s also important to acknowledge the place of privilege those concerns are coming from.

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  7. Oh Tom. Welcome from whatever right wing site brought you here.

    Here’s a little story on how the military actively went looking for Latinos http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Articles8/Berkowitz_Military-Latinos.htm

    And one thing that you fail to mention is that the state many countries find themselves in can be linked to U.S. policies.

    Trust me, the last thing any Latin American country wants is more U.S intervention. Look at the great job done in El Salvador and Chile.

    I guess I’m feeling generous today cuz generally I would just delete.

  8. I don’t want US intervention, I wanna go myself. If we’re gonna get blamed for guns in the hands of Cartels, might as well send my trigger finger.
    Ya know, I thought you guess were supposed to be the intellectual compassionate people? All I see are insults pointed at people with different views. Not very nice.
    You also didn’t address why Illegals should be entitled to anything from the US government.
    And why they are not taking such strong postures in changing their own countries as opposed to changing mine? (Yes it is mine, I own it.)
    Couldn’t accepting all these refugees without question be considered US policy in regards to Latin America? It is taking on the surplus populations that the Latin Governments are not able to take care of themselves. Would that not be a good thing for them?

    Oh well. Waiting on the next insult from my betters.

  9. Dems are trying to push through a Civil Service Bill,,,,all right…we will all get to serve. No longer an arguement then, right?

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