Support the Dream Act

post by Brant Douglas

I am writing to respectfully urge you to support the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (D.R.E.A.M. Act), so it can be brought up for a vote before the close of this legislative session.

Successive waves of immigration have kept America demographically young, enriched our culture and added to our productive capacity as a nation, enhancing our influence in the world. However, it appears that, some individuals believe that an immigrant equals a criminal. We forget that immigrants helped this country to become thee greatest nation on planet earth. Immigrants have fought in the Civil War, WW1, WW2, and even helped to build the continental railroads. Immigrants stepped up during the 1900’s and assumed roles that others were unwilling to take. Now in 2010, so many young immigrants who grew, matured, and learned here in the United States are stuck as a result of their immigration status. You see, these young people were brought here at a very young age by their parents or guardians. We were essentially raised in America; this is the only home we know. Together, as immigrants and citizens, we share a dream, a dream to live in an America that not only has a better today, but a brighter tomorrow. Support the DREAM Act because it not only benefits young immigrants in America but America as a whole.

Republicans recently sent a letter to Democratic leadership stating that they will block any legislation during this lame duck session unless the Bush Tax cuts are dealt with first. How dare the Republicans sit on the sidelines, with their arms folded, and play politics while the future of some many individuals hangs in the balance.

For just a moment, think about what it would feel like if you lived some where for the majority of your life and had no rights, no hope, or no way to work for your keep, even though you want to. We live this reality every single day. We are Americans in every single way except on paper. We live, breathe, sweat, and bleed this American culture, however, on paper, we do not belong. The DREAM Act would benefit us greatly by granting conditional permanent residency and possible citizenship if we graduate from college or complete two-years of military service. Please stand with President Obama so the DREAM Act can become a reality and hope can be given to those who deserve it.

Now is not the time to stand on the sidelines. If you want America’s economy to be stimulated; if you want jobs to be created; if you want America to become better all around then support the DREAM Act because it not only benefit the undocumented, it benefits you!

A House vote on the DREAM Act may be coming soon — but the vote will be close and in the coming days, lawmakers will be looking to their constituents to decide where they stand.

Please write your representative now:


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