Our kids and their families need your help today!

December 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced plans to bring the “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act” up for a vote before Congress adjourns. The “DREAM Act” would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented students who have been in the United States since childhood, if they go to college or enlist in military service in the U.S.

At Southwest Key, we meet young men and women who are strengthening our community and our economy every day.  They want to reach their full potential and contribute to our nation’s well-being, but they cannot because they lack immigration status.  The U.S. has invested in the education of many of these individuals since kindergarten, and it is only reasonable that we enable them to fully contribute through their merits and their service.

Can you help by calling and writing Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson today (http://hutchison.senate.gov/contact.cfm, 202-224-5922) to urge her to support of the “DREAM Act”?  This vote could happen as soon as this week, so please make your calls and send letter/emails TODAY or TOMORROW.

A phone script is below, as well as a template email.   Thank you so much for your help!

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SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT: Hutchinson’s phone is
202-224-5922

My name is [name of caller], and I am calling to express my support for the DREAM Act.  I urge Senator Hutchinson to support a vote on the DREAM Act before congress adjourns.

The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that enables high achieving young people to achieve the American Dream.  These youth are immigrants who have been raised in the U.S. and consider it their home.  They have worked hard in school and wish to pursue higher education or serve in the military.

Will Senator Hutchinson support the DREAM Act?

Thank you.

LETTER/EMAIL TEMPLATE:  copy and paste into her website here: http://hutchison.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Dear Senator Hutchinson,

I, [your name], would like to express our support for the “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.” We hope that you move to enact this important piece of legislation before Congress adjourns.

Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools.  Raised as Americans, these students deserve a chance to become legal residents of the country where they grew up and which they consider their home.

The “DREAM Act” will provide a path to legal status for individuals brought to the U.S. as children.  Under the “DREAM Act,” most students with good moral character who came to the U.S. at age 15 or younger and will have lived here for at least five years before the date of the bill’s enactment will qualify for conditional permanent resident status upon acceptance to college, graduation from a U.S. high school, or attainment of a GED.  The conditional status will be lifted if the student completes at least two years of college or serves in the military.

We urge you to support this legislation, for the future of these children and the future of this country.

Sincerely,

Your name

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