Got an email from my awesome friend, John today. Please read, consider, pray, and vote…
The DREAM Act is up for a vote in the U.S. Senate – it may be the most important immigration votes to come up this year, and there has traditionally been wide bipartisan support for it. The DREAM Act would let good kids become legal immigrants and go to college, even if their parents brought them here illegally in their pre-teens. The status quo is that once you’re illegal in the U.S., even if you were brought here as a kid, there are few avenues for becoming legal in the U.S. You have to skirt society in cash-only jobs and pretty much forget about college. Most of your life goes underground, and any dreams you were fed in middle or high school are forfeited to the rest of your peers.
If you would read the e-mail below and consider both PRAYING and CALLING.
I called my senators’ offices. Despite the bipartisan support I had heard about, each office said that its Senator is against the DREAM Act. I asked why, and Corker’s said he is always against “amnesty,” and Alexander’s said that you can’t fix a broken system by encouraging more illegality.
I asked both offices to pass on to the Senators that (a) we don’t normally punish children for legal violations that they have no moral responsibility for committing, (b) we should want to encourage/reward the good kids who would be the only beneficiaries of the DREAM Act, and (c) the Senators should look at the balance between punishment and second chances that we have in the rest of the laws of this country (like bankruptcy, statutes of limitations, etc.) and apply that balance to immigration law instead of implementing only punishment.
I don’t know if it did any good, but if everyone called, maybe it would make a difference.
Prayer will probably make more of a difference, but the calls are good, too.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
SENATE VOTE ON DREAM ACT
AS EARLY AS WEDNESDAY!
***IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED***
YOU AND YOUR NETWORKS NEED TO FLOOD SENATE OFFICES WITH PHONE CALLS, FAXES AND EMAILS TOMORROW!!!!!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2007
TELL SENATORS TO VOTE FOR S. 2205 THE DREAM ACT!!!
CALL THEM AGAIN THE NEXT DAY!!!!!
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2007
TELL SENATORS TO VOTE FOR S. 2205 THE DREAM ACT!!!
The DREAM Act will likely come up for a vote on the Senate floor this Wednesday.
IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR ALL DREAM ACT SUPPORTERS TO CALL YOUR SENATORS, send an e-mail message and fax them, do it all over again on Wednesday morning first thing.
SHUTDOWN THE SENATE SWITCHBOARD WITH YOUR CALLS!
DON’T LET THE ANTI-DREAM CALLERS BEAT US THIS TIME!
Last week, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) quietly re-introduced the DREAM Act as a new stand-alone bill, S. 2205. Most likely this Wednesday there will be a “cloture” vote on whether the DREAM Act can be debated and ultimately voted on. This will mark the first time that the DREAM Act has ever come to a clean vote on the Senate floor.
The provisions of S. 2205 are similar, though not identical, to S. 774, the version of the DREAM Act that was filed by the Senators Durbin, Hagel, and Lugar earlier this year. Like the earlier version, S. 2205 would provide a 6-year path to permanent residence and eventual citizenship for individuals brought to the U.S. more than 5 years ago as undocumented children if they graduate from high school and continue on to college or military service.
The cloture motion will require 60 votes to pass. If it fails, the DREAM Act will be pulled from the floor. If it passes, there will be more votes on the DREAM Act as well as on possible amendments. The outcome of these votes will determine the fate of the DREAM Act for this Congress.
THE FIRST STEP IS PASSAGE OF THE “CLOTURE” MOTION, MOST LIKELY ON WEDNESDAY. We recognize that this is not the first time this year that we have punched the alarm bell, but THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Word is already getting out about the vote on anti-immigrant websites, talk shows, and cable TV who are spreading their usual falsehoods, and there is little doubt that their angry and fearful base will respond.
OUR RESPONSE MUST BE UNPRECEDENTED!
If you care at all about the future of DREAM Act students who have grown up here, then you must make your calls today and tomorrow, then forward this message, and then get on the phone to make sure that everyone you know does likewise. There will not be another chance.
CALL BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS AND TELL THEM:
“PLEASE VOTE FOR THE DREAM ACT
SO THAT IMMIGRANT STUDENTS BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN
CAN REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL”
Your Senators’ phone numbers are online here
CALL THE SENATE SWITCHBOARD 202-224-3121
To send an e-mail message to your Senators please go to:
What else you can do:
- Forward this message to every listserv and everyone you know
- Post it on blogs, MySpace, Facebook, or other on-line networking tools
- Call in to C-SPAN or other radio or television shows where there is some hope of a sympathetic audience (not anti-immigrant propaganda sites)
The DREAM Act in Brief:
The DREAM Act is narrowly tailored
It would apply only to individuals brought to the U.S. at least 5 years ago as children, who have grown up here (but are still under 30 years old), and who have remained in school and out of trouble. They could get a green card 6 years after graduating from high school if during that time they continue on to college or serve in the military.
The DREAM Act is not a “mini-amnesty”
At its core, amnesty is forgiveness for wrongdoing. That does not apply to DREAM Act students who were all brought here years ago as children. The DREAM Act rewards them for staying in school or serving our country.
The DREAM Act would benefit taxpayers
The DREAM Act would provide hope to immigrant students and lead many more of them to remain in school. As an example of the fiscal benefits of this, a RAND study showed that a 30-year-old Mexican immigrant woman who graduates from college will pay $5,300 more in taxes and cost $3,900 less in government expenses each year than if she had dropped out of high school. This amounts to an annual fiscal benefit of over $9,000 per person every year, money that can be used to pay for the education of other children. State and local taxpayers have already invested in the education of these children in elementary and secondary school and deserve to get a return on their investment
You can find more information about the DREAM Act here