Empowering undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship
THE DREAM ACT
"Dream Act" by Santiago Ucedo
On December 18th, the U.S. Senate failed
to pass the DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation that would
have provided thousands of undocumented students a pathway to citizenship.
applaud the tireless efforts of students around the
country who fought so passionately for this bill. Your courageous
leadership has inspired and emboldened us.
While we are deeply disappointed by this
setback, we remain firmly committed to you and your
pursuit of college and citizenship.
Our work has only just begun.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) is proposed federal legislation that, if passed, would allow undocumented students who arrived in the US before age 16, have been in the country for at least five years, and have a high school or equivalent degree, to apply for permanent residence after completing at least two years of college or military service.
On December 8, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a version of the DREAM Act with bipartisan support (216-198). This House-approved bill was brought forward in the U.S. Senate on December 18th. While a majority of senators voted to move this legislation to a final vote (55-41), it was not enough to cut off debate, thereby ensuring that the bill would not become law during the 111th session of Congress.
Please take a moment to recognize senators who voted for the DREAM Act. In particular, we want to highlight a few senators who did the right thing despite intense pressure brought to bear on them to vote against DREAM.
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (202- 224-6665) - Richard Lugar (R-IN) (202-224-4814) - Michael Bennet (D-CO) (202-224-5852) - Mary Landrieu (D-LA) (202-224-5824) - Kent Conrad (D-ND) (202-224-2043) - Byron Dorgan (D-ND) (202-224-2551) - Claire McCaskill (D-MO) (202-224-6154)