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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CIR-ASAP & DREAM Action at Rep. Schrader's office this Thursday!

Join us this Thursday at noon for a March and Rally at the district office of U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader in Salem. This action is part of a nationwide campaign to pressure Congress to pass immigration reform this year and finally fix our broken system.

During our visit to Congressman Schrader's office, we will call on the Congressman to support the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2009 and to join on as a co-sponsor of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) (HR 4321).

WHAT: March and Rally for DREAM Act and CIR-ASAP

WHEN: Thursday, January 28th at 12:00 p.m. noon

WHERE: Office of US Congressman Kurt Schrader, 494 State Street, Suite 210, Salem, OR 97301

WHO: CAUSA, Oregon Immigrant Rights Coalition and Students from Salem Area Colleges

What is the DREAM Act?

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is bipartisan legislation that addresses the situation faced by young people who were brought to the United States years ago as undocumented immigrant children, and who have since grown up here, stayed in school, and kept out of trouble.

Why is the DREAM Act needed?

Each year about 65,000 U.S.-raised students who would qualify for the DREAM Act's benefits graduate from high school. These include honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists, homecoming queens, and aspiring teachers, doctors, and U.S. soldiers. They are young people who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives and desire only to call this country their home.

Even though they were brought to the U.S. years ago as children, they face unique barriers to higher education, are unable to work legally in the U.S., and often live in constant fear of detection by immigration authorities. Our immigration law currently has no mechanism to consider the special equities and circumstances of such students. The DREAM Act would eliminate this flaw. It is un-American to indefinitely and irremediably punish them for decisions made by adults many years ago. By enacting the DREAM Act, Congress would legally recognize what is de facto true: these young people belong here.

We need Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW! Reform is long overdue, and Congress must take immediate action to fix our broken immigration system. CAUSA and the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign are mobilizing Oregonians and Americans alike across the nation for an immigration reform that works for the economy, taxpayers and families. One that:

• Creates millions of new taxpayers by requiring undocumented immigrants to register, go through background checks, pay taxes, and study English on their way to becoming full U.S. citizens
• Protects workers and helps with economic recovery
• Keeps families together
• Protects the due process rights of all

We look forward to seeing you at this very important action for the DREAM Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform!



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