The DREAM Continues
Late yesterday, not long after Speaker Nancy Pelosi committed to a vote on the DREAM Act in the coming weeks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publically announced that he is committed to moving DREAM as a stand alone bill in the lame duck session of Congress. As he tweeted:
"It's good for the economy & the Pentagon says good for natl security."
As we reported yesterday, brave DREAMers from across the country and their allies have been taking action and pushing hard on Congress to take a stand in support of the legislation, which might be the last best hope for immigration reform for the next two years. While activists staged a sit-in at John McCain's office on Capitol Hill, actions were taking place simultaneously across the country. In Florida, nineteen-year-old José Salcedo, Student Government Association president at the InterAmerican campus of Miami Dade College, spoke at a rally in Miami in support of the DREAM Act and revealed publically for the first time that he is undocumented. As Salcedo told the Miami Herald, he has great hopes for his future, which the DREAM Act's passage would help make a reality: "I would love to join the military and once I come back I would like to run for public office—mayor of the city of Miami...Start off small and pull my way up."
In the coming days and weeks, Campus Progress will be stepping up its efforts to push for passage of the DREAM Act before the end of the year. Check back here often for updates and information on how you can take action. Also, search for #DREAMAct on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.
If you want to take action now, visit America's Voice to tell Congress to pass the DREAM Act now.
Katie is the Communications and Outreach Manager for Campus Progress.
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