December 17, 2010
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
YP4 Action, a program of People For the American Way, works to empower the newest generations of skilled, progressive leaders to lead with progressive values, make progress in their communities today, and create sustainable change over the long term. On behalf of YP4 Action, I write in support of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. I welcome the House amendment to the Senate amendment of H.R. 5281 and urge its passage in the Senate. It is time to finally send the DREAM Act to the President’s desk.
Young people in America are given an important promise: if you work hard and play by the rules, you can have the chance to succeed. But every year, thousands of dedicated and patriotic young people are denied the chance to pursue their dreams and give back to the country they love. Until the DREAM Act is passed, the United States will continue to treat innocent young people like criminals, and will deny them a chance to go to school, serve in the military, and contribute to our economy. We’ll keep fighting until every young person in America gets a fair shot at success.
Some have argued that the DREAM Act should not be considered until the United States addresses comprehensive immigration reform. As you well know, this is an arduous process yet to be resolved; much disagreement remains as to what changes should be made. We will not lose sight of this goal; nobody should. But this legislation is achievable now and would be an important step forward.
YP4 Action believes that if students are able to complete their education and work legally, they will become a vital part of our society able to contribute to our economy and live their own American dream. I strongly urge you to support the DREAM Act.
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