Ever since our last update to you, the vote for the DREAM Act in the House was postponed to TODAY!
The DREAM Act is expected to come up for a vote in BOTH the House and the Senate on TODAY,Wednesday, December 8th! On Monday, the President has reached a compromised deal with Republicans to extend the Bush tax credits for all Americans for another two years in exchange for unemployment insurance extension and additional supports for low and middle income Americans. This opened up the opportunity for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to file for a cloture petition on the motion to proceed to the DREAM Act, setting up a likely vote for Wednesday. This bill would require children who came to America before the age of 16 and who have lived here at least five years to serve in the military or get a college education in order to gain legal status. See what NAPAWF has to say about the new DREAM bill.
In the House, the vote was delayed until the Congressional Budget Office could release a fiscal assessment of the DREAM Act. They found that the DREAM Act would reduce our deficit by $1.4 billion over the next 10 years through the increased tax revenues that individuals who attend college and earn legal status will generate as they become doctors, engineers, or otherwise realize their full potential.
With both the House and Senate expected to take action, we have to ACT NOW to urge our elected leaders to support the DREAM Act! It’s important that our leaders hear from you to support a path to citizenship for our undocumented youth. It’s also important that they know that the compromises that have been made on the DREAM Act to win conservative votes only serve to make it more difficult for DREAMers to participate in the bill and we intend to use this momentum to continue to push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
We CAN win this vote! But only if Senators hear from you today! Together, we can take one important step forward to immigration reform that actually improves immigrant lives. There are 3 ways to act:
1. Call your elected leaders now! Call the switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you to your senator’s or representative’s office. After you have been put through, tell them your name and address, that you are his/her constituent, and that you support passage of the DREAM Act. Here’s a sample message:
Hello, my name is _______ and I’m calling as a member of NAPAWF (the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum). I’m calling Senator/Representative ____ to support the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is an important bill that will provide a path to legalization for undocumented students and would reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over the next 10 years. As a constituent, I call on him/her to support this important bill.
2. Write your elected leaders! If you are reading this outside of business hours and can’t reach your senators’ or representatives offices, please take a moment to write your senators and representatives online. Be sure to personalize your letter so your senators know how important these issues are to you. Here is a sample letter:
The Honorable (Name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator (Name)
The Honorable (Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative (Name)
I’m writing as a member of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) to ask you to support passage of the DREAM Act (S. 3999 or ___ and to make sure this important bill is signed into law.
As your constituent, I am fully support the DREAM Act, which would provide opportunity for undocumented youth to become eligible for legal status, pursue higher education, and continue to make valuable contributions to our society. The DREAM Act would make this possible by providing youth who can demonstrate that they are a “person of good moral character”, graduate of high school or holder of a GED certificate, and plan to continue their careers by completing at least two years of a bachelor’s degree or military service in good standing, a pathway to conditional nonimmigrant status. Recently, the US Congressional Budget Office announced that the DREAM Act would reduce our deficit by $1.4 billion over the next 10 years through the increased tax revenues that individuals who attend college and earn legal status will generate as they become doctors, engineers, or otherwise realize their full potential. Thus, although I am disappointed by recent compromise provisions that will make it more difficult for DREAM beneficiaries to participate more fully in our society, I still believe that the original intent of the DREAM Act remains in place and this bill is a step in the right direction.
I urge you to support the DREAM Act and make sure that it becomes law this year.
Your Address (must be included)
Let’s make sure our political leaders hear from us before they make their decision! Please act today.