DREAM Act Gets Some Celeb Cred and is Still on Track for Vote Next Week

While some mainstream media outlets continue to issue obituaries for the DREAM Act, Latino celebs are coming out in favor of it.

Reggaetoneros Wisin y Yandel have been tweeting their support for the DREAM and urging fans to call Senators to vote.

Ozomatli y Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera have lent their names and star power behind a petition sponsored by the National Council of la Raza (NCLR).

Edited at to add that apparently singer José José has also come out in favor of DREAM.

Mexican rockeros Maná issued a press release two days ago announcing their support for the DREAM act. Lead vocalist Fher is quoted as saying:

Es vital que estemos alertas, que no nos quedemos cruzados de brazos en espera del resultado de la votación en el Senado; como les decía: que todos los latinos envíen cartas, correos, emails, que llamen por teléfono a los senadores y a las oficinas de los partidos. La Cámara de Representantes ya nos dió la señal de que SI SE PUEDE. La aprobación del “Dream Act” corrige una de las peores fallas de un sistema de inmigración con muchos problemas donde se obliga, a los jóvenes que han crecido en los Estados Unidos hablan inglés, sobresalen en sus comunidades, en la escuela como deportistas o voluntarios, a poner su vida y su talento en receso porque los consideran ilegales. Es cierto, eso tiene un precio muy alto para nuestros hermanos y para sus familias, pero también para los Estados Unidos.

My translation :

It is vital that we remain alert, that we don’t stay with our arms crossed just waiting for the Senate vote. Everyone needs to send letters, send emails, and call the Senators and party offices. The House of Representatives already gave the signal that Yes We Can. The approval of the DREAM Act would correct one of the biggest problems of an immigration system with so many problems, a system that forces, young people who have grown up in the United States, speak English, succeed in their communities and school as athletes and volunteers to retreat from their own lives and talent because they are considered illegal. This has a huge toll for our brothers and sisters and their families, but also on the United States.

But all this star power wouldn’t be coming into play if it weren’t for the hard work of the DREAM Activists themselves, who have been on the ground for years, risking their health and their freedom in the U.S., not just for themselves, but for each other.

In other words, keep calling the Senate switchboard at 1-866-587-3023 and asking for the targets below:

Senate Democrats:

Conrad (ND)
Dorgan (ND)
McCaskill (MO)
Webb (VA)
Warner (VA)
Landrieu (LA)
Pryor (AR)
Tester (MT)
Hagan (NC)

Senate Republicans:

Hutchison (TX)
Brownback (KS)
Murkowski (AK)
Kirk (IL)
Bennett (UT)
Voinovich (OH)
Snowe (ME)
Collins (ME)
Lemieux (FL)
Lugar (IN)
Bunning (KY)

A vote is looking likely early next week.

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