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Friday, March 27, 2009

DREAM Act Would Strengthen U.S. Economy

Salem, Ore.--Yesterday, Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) reintroduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. They were joined in support by a group of Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle.

The DREAM Act would restore states' rights to determine residency requirements for in-state tuition and establish a path to legal status and eventual citizenship for undocumented youth. This would address significant barriers to the success of hardworking immigrant students who were brought to this country at a young age and desire to fully contribute to American society.

"This bipartisan bill is a crucial part of the kind of real, comprehensive immigration reform our country needs right now to get back on its feet and restore justice to our laws" said Francisco Lopez, Executive Director of CAUSA. "The Dream Act would strengthen the economy down the line by making sure that students educated in American schools can give back to the system through their hard work, service, and taxes."

CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition, joins with Immigrant Rights and Education Advocates from across the nation in calling on Congress to swiftly pass the DREAM Act. America is a country founded on the values of inclusiveness, shared responsibility and shared sacrifice. Our immigration policies must reflect our values. The DREAM Act and just and humane immigration reform should be part of any plan to restore America and the American Dream.

To send a message to your Senators and Representative asking them to support the DREAM Act, please visit CAUSA's Action Center by linking here.



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