The DREAM Act is one of USSA's campaigns for this year. The DREAM Act is an important piece of legislation that will help make higher education accessible and affordable for all hard working students.
According to the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), there has been over 15, 000 people that have signed the online petition for the 2009 DREAM Act. The petition was launched less than 2 months ago and thanks to the efforts of hundreds of students across the country, it helped gain the attention and support of several lawmakers. The goal is to have 65,000 signatures, the number representing the number of students who graduate each year who would benefit from the passage of the DREAM Act.
Last week, the DREAM Act picked up a number of important co-sponsors. We have picked up 7 new co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and two more Senators in the last week alone! Here are the new House of Representative co-sponsors:
-Lynn Woosley (CA-6)
-David Wu (OR-1)
-Fortney Pete Stark (CA-13)
-Silvestre Reyes (TX-16)
-Ed Pastor (AZ-4)
-Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30
-Henry Waxman (CA-30) (reported by students who did a lobby visit)
Please call to thank both Senators Maria Cantwell and Mark Udall for their support on the DREAM Act:
-Senator Maria Cantwell - 202-224-3441
-Senator Mark Udall - 202-224-5941
Here are some upcoming events:
-National Call on the DREAM Act on May 6, 2009 at 3 PM EST convened by the United We Dream Coalition. We will discuss new developments on the Dream Act and upcoming DREAM Act '09 campaign events. To RSVP, email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, May 4th to get the call-in information and materials for the cal.
Remember to keep calling your Representatives and ask them to cosponsor the DREAM Act. To call your Representatives in the House and Senate please call the switchboard operator at 202-224-3121. Keep up the good work!