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Why the Dream Act?

The Dream Act has been debated in Congress for more than 15 years. It was intended to protect children brought to the United States without legal process, and who have become Americans in practice if not legality, and for whom a return to their place of birth is not practical or humane. There is surprising bipartisanship on this, as many in Congress recognize their difficulty and desire a solution that satisfies the need for immigrants committed to sharing our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, contributing to the good of all.

It is specifically for those who work, are in school, or serve in our military and obey our laws, being productive members of society.

The Dream Act of 2017 consists of Senate Bill 1615 and House Resolution 3440, “To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.”

If you oppose this, please post a reply and let’s talk. I’ve found that when we really talk about it people often say, “I didn’t realize that’s what it was; that’s reasonable. I don’t just want to have everyone coming in.”

If you favor this, please consider whether your current Representative, even a Democrat is really supporting it. It’s more than words, and I believe the Democratic Party leadership would rather not pass it, retaining these young people as hostages for voting. It’s a promise they’ve made for many years, and the Republican sponsor of the bill shows that it’s not the Republicans holding it back. Both Parties are in the way. Send me to get this moving.

You can read more and join the conversation on the Dream Act Challenge page.