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December 17th, 2010
DREAM Act: A Call to Action

During the past few weeks many News Taco readers have asked for specific ways in which they can help the DREAM Act cause. This is a action alert, distributed through the MALDEF mailing list. It’s got talking points and phone numbers to help you dial the digits and make the case directly where it matters.

ACTION ALERT: THE DREAM ACT – CALL KEY SENATORS BEFORE SATURDAY TO HELP PASS THE DREAM ACT

Call key Senators NOW and urge them to support the DREAM Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As children, we are each taught that if you work hard, you will have the opportunity to succeed.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of immigrant children who were brought here by their parents at a young age work hard to succeed in school and just want the opportunity to go to college or serve in the U.S. Armed Services.

The DREAM Act will help turn these dreams of opportunity into reality!

For the last decade, MALDEF has advocated on behalf of helping these hard-working students achieve their dreams of an opportunity to pursue higher education or service in the armed forces.

On December 8, the DREAM Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives, but there is still critical work to be done. Before President Obama can sign the bill and the DREAM Act can become law, the bill must pass the U.S. Senate.

The DREAM is Within Reach!

After a long fight, the time for passage of the DREAM Act is near. We are in the final Senate stretch as Senator Harry Reid has pledged to called up the bill to the Senate floor for a vote on Saturday, December 18.

We are only one day away from achieving our goal of passing the DREAM Act!

The DREAM Act, as recently amended, would provide a qualified path to citizenship otherwise not available to roughly 755,000 immigrant youth and young adults, particularly for those completing two years of college or military service.

How You Can Help – Call Key Senators Today!

The following Senators need to hear from you before Saturday.

Make calls TODAY to key Senators to demonstrate broad support for the DREAM Act.
Ben Nelson (D-NE), 202-224-6551
Kay Hagan (D-NC), 202-224-6342
Claire McCaskill (D-MO), 202-224-6154
Mary Landrieu (D-LA), 202-224-5824
Lindsey Graham (R-SC), 202-224-5972
Richard Lugar (R-IN), 202-224-4814
Olympia Snowe (R-ME), 202-224-5344
Susan Collins (R-ME), 202-224-2523
George Voinovich (R-OH), 202-224-3353
George LeMieux (R-FL), 202-224-3041
Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), 202-224-5922
Robert Bennett (R-UT), 202-224-5444
Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), 202-224-6665
John Cornyn (R-TX), 202-224-2934
John McCain (R-AZ), 202-224-2235
Jon Kyl (R-AZ), (202) 224-4521
Orrin Hatch (R-UT), 202-224-5251
John Ensign (R-NV), 202-224-6244
Mark Kirk (R-IL), 202-224-2854
Scott Brown (R-MA), 202-224-4543
Judd Gregg (R-NH), 202-224-3324
Sam Brownback (R-KS), 202-224-6521

Reasons the Above Senators Should Vote YES on the DREAM Act
Because the public supports the DREAM Act — 70%, according to a recent poll by First Focus, and 66 %, according to Lake Research Partners.
Because the military needs the DREAM Act — Secretary of Defense Bill Gates, Retired Gen. Colin Powell, and many other military leaders support the DREAM Act.
Because taxpayers deserve a return on their investment — the Congressional Budget Office estimates the DREAM Act would reduce the deficit by $2.2 billion and UCLA estimates that successful DREAM Act-relief holders will generate $3.6 to $1.4 trillion of income (in current dollars) of the next four decades.

For Additional Information

DREAM Act Information on Rotating Panel of MALDEF’s Website
http://www.maldef.org/
[Image courtesy MALDEF]

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