Over the weekend, thousands of supporters joined with President Obama and pledged their support for the DREAM Act. There’s still time to add your name.
The DREAM Act is a key piece of reform that would be an important step toward fixing our broken immigration system. It provides hard-working, talented, undocumented young people with a path to citizenship in exchange for going to college or serving in the military. To qualify, young people would need to:
- Graduate high school,
- Have been under 16 when they entered the U.S. and lived here for five consecutive years, and
- Complete two years of college education toward a bachelor’s degree (or higher) or serve for two years in the U.S. military.
Despite previously enjoying bipartisan support, a vote on the bill was blocked by a Republican filibuster in September.
President Obama has called on Congress to pass the bill before the end of the year, saying:
"The Senate is going to have a chance to do the right thing over the next few weeks when Senator Reid brings the DREAM Act to the floor. Keep in mind, in the past, this was a bill that was supported by a majority of Democrats and Republicans. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t receive that same kind of bipartisan support today."
And as Mitch Stewart, director of Organizing for America, pointed out, “Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have supported this change for years—and it would be law today if it weren't for political posturing in Washington.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a vote on the DREAM Act as a stand-alone bill before the 111th Congress adjourns at the end of the year. Add your name to the thousands of folks who have already signed on to say that they stand with the President and support the DREAM Act.