Yesterday 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.
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.
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