FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2010
Francisco Lopez, Executive Director: (503) 269-5694
Erik Sorensen, Communications Director: (503) 488-0263
CAUSA Oregon applauds House for Passage of DREAM Act; Focus turns to the Senate
Washington, D.C. --This evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216-198.
CAUSA applauds members of the Oregon Congressional Delegation, U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D) and US Congressman Peter DeFazio (D), for voting in favor of the bill.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who entered the United States undocumented as children under the age of 16 and have lived in America for at least five years, obtained a high school or General Education Development (GED) diploma and have demonstrated good moral character.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said that the DREAM Act would cut the federal deficit by $1.4 billion and increase government revenues by $2.3 billion over the next decade.
A vote is expected in the U.S. Senate on Thursday morning.
"Our work now turns to the Senate", said Francisco Lopez, Executive Director of CAUSA. "We already have our supporters and allies activated within the state to place phone calls, faxes and emails into the offices of Senators Wyden and Merkley."
"We will continue our push right up until the last vote is taken--urging our members of the Senate to vote "YES" on this important piece of legislation." Lopez added. "There is too much at stake and Latino Youth are depending on us".
CAUSA, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Coalition, is the largest Latino and Latina civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org