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Issues: DREAM Act

Overview

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, better known as the DREAM Act, has seen many pushes for a final vote through the past years of advocacy from several national, state and local groups. The latest push was in 2010 when the House of Representatives voted and passed the DREAM Act. However it failed to pass a filibuster vote in the Senate by 5 votes (60 votes needed to end debate and vote).

Under its most recent version, in order to be eligible, the DREAM Act (S. 3992) requires one to: 
  • Have been physically residing in the U.S. for at least 5 years on the day of enactment,
  • Have arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16, and has not yet turned 29,
  • Attained a U.S. High School diploma or equivalent, or be enrolled in a college,
  • and be found under good moral character with the law.

Those who would benefit from the DREAM Act, would have to either attend College for at least 2 years, or serve for the equivalent in the armed forces (if discharged be under an honorable discharge). One would have 5 years to complete these requirements, followed by an additional 5 year period in wait for Permanent Residence eligibility.

MIRA Advocates for the DREAM Act through:

Legislative Advocacy

MIRA staff, members and allies, have joitly met with federal legislators from MA several times to ensure their support for the bill in the several forms it has had in the past. Organizing meetings in DC and locally to bring the voice of membership to the attention of their legislators. Partnering with others in press conferences urging Members of Congress to support the DREAM Act, we have been part in seeing that all 10 Representatives are in support of the DREAM Act, and advocate constantly for a full Senate support.

Community Education

During trainings and meetings, MIRA Staff continuously updates community members, guidance councilors, students, parents, and members as to what is going on with the DREAM Act. Witht he many changes this piece of legislation has seen, MIRA has been in the forefront of analizing and educating people on the content of the DREAM Act.

Community mobilizing

Calls, calls, and calls: it may sound repetitive but time after time we hear members of the legislature say they ahve listened to us through the hundreds and thousands of calls put in though to Congress. Members and allies are encouraged to contact their legislators individually and attend events, rallies, and educational meetings that push forth this very intelligent and bipartisan legislation.


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