The DREAM Act has been introduced in the Senate (S.729) by Sen. Richard Durbin (or Papa Durbin) of
But wait! Before you start celebrating, let me tell you that the battle is not over yet. The introduction of a bill is only the first step toward success. You NEED to call your senators and representatives and urge them to support and co-sponsor the DREAM Act. Make your voice heard!
In addition to that, everyone should make an appointment to meet with their senators and representatives or their aides. It’s not as scary as it may seem, and you make a better impact by talking to them face-to-face. If you’re interested in doing this, visit DreamACTivist.org's Taking Action page or shoot me an e-mail and firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help you through this process. It’s very simple, trust me!
Our friend Kyle over at Citizen Orange has listed 5 simple steps you can follow right now to be a part of this great cause.
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.
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.
And now I leave you with a quote by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Chairperson of the Immigration Subcommittee, who stated:
"As a nation, we face an increasingly competitive global market. To effectively compete in this new interconnected global market, we must ensure that we have the most educated workforce in the world. Whether in college or in the military, we must give all qualified young people the opportunity to get an education. These determined and dedicated young people need the chance to become productive members of our society. Penalizing them hurts us all"
GO DREAM ACT!