Dream Act deferred

As most of you probably know by now, The Senate blocked The Dream Act, a bill that would have created a path to citizenship for  young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, completed two years of college or military service. This doesn’t mean the legislation is dead forever, but it is still a major blow to all the incredible student activists and immigration and access to education advocates who have been fighting so hard for it. I was deeply moved to read that Sen. Dick Durbin, who has taken the legislative lead on this for 10 years, told reporters, “I will never give up this fight.”

This incredibly emotional video from the Immigrant Youth Justice League underscores just how urgent and serious this issue is. Stand in solidarity with immigrant youth who are fighting for the basic right to be educated and work in the country they call home. The fight isn’t over.

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One Comment

  1. Posted December 20, 2010 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    This country needs to seriously confront its own xenophobia before any legislation will make an impact. I’m not sure we ever really have. The irony is that we influence each other in subtle, almost subconscious ways, but on our own terms. When we can really accept others on equal terms, then we’ll be moving towards a truly diverse society.

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