Thanks to your dedication, the DREAM Act has passed the House, but we are barely even closer to passing a reasonable, sensible path to legalization for America’s immigrant youth. We need 60 votes to block any right-wing filibuster and we need to fight hard to get those votes.
Call Senator Hutchison now (512-916-5834) and every half hour until the vote.
And between calls, call (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the following Senators and tell them: I’m calling to urge the Senator to support the DREAM Act because it is an issue that affects ALL Americans, no matter which state or district we live in. [Additional talking points are below]
Additional talking points:
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 Bill 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 idea. Dozens 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. One study calculates that DREAM Act students would, over the course of their working lives, generate $1.4 to $3.6 trillion (depending on how many students are allowed to gain legal status). Alternatively, trying to deport these promising young people would cost the government many millions of dollars—dollars that would have to be cut from other federal programs or added to the federal deficit.