Chapter Update

Tuesday, December 7

DREAM Act: Ask Your Members of Congress to Vote Yes

NASW Advocacy

House and Senate leaders are considering an opportunity to bring the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act up for a vote.  We need your voice to help make that happen.  

Please contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to vote YES on the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act would provide an earned legal pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who pursue higher education or serve in the U.S. military.  This bill supports the core social work values of human rights, freedom from discrimination, and social justice. 

Many of these immigrant youth grow up here without even knowing they do not have legal status—until they find they cannot attend college or work.  The DREAM Act is a practical solution that is best not only for these smart young people, but for our country as well.  Your Members of Congress should support the DREAM Act because:

The public supports it.  According to a recent poll of adults nationwide conducted by First Focus, an organization concerned with children and families, 70% of the American public said they would support the DREAM Act when it was described to them.

The military wants it.  Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently expressed his support for the DREAM Act in a letter to the Senate, saying that, “The expansion of the pool of eligible youth that would result from the DREAM Act…will result in improved recruitment results and attendant gains in unit manning and military performance.”

Educators think it is a good ideaDozens of educational institutions and associations have weighed in to support the DREAM Act.  Perhaps more than anyone, educators understand the promise of these young people.

America deserves a return on its investment.  Students who would be eligible for the DREAM act have already been raised and educated in the U.S.  By allowing them to gain legal citizenship, to continue their education or serve in the military, and to work will give America a far greater return on this investment.  The Congressional Budget Office determined that the DREAM Act will increase government revenues by $2.3 billion over 10 years, and result in a net reduction in the deficit of $1.4 billion over the same period.

DREAM Act students are waiting to make their contribution to America. Contact your Members of Congress today and ask them to support the DREAM Act.

Learn more about the DREAM Act at http://www.socialworkers.org/practice/intl/2010/dreamact.asp 

Posted on 12/07/10 at 10:40 AM

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