Today, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow access to affordable postsecondary education, opportunities for military service and potentially a path to full citizenship to thousands of qualified young students striving for a better future.
“We firmly believe that if all students have the opportunity to afford higher education or serve in the armed forces, they will undoubtedly become a vital part of the fabric of American society, economy and culture,” said Rebecca Thompson, director of YP4 Action, a program of People For the American Way. “Throughout our lives, we are told that if you work hard and play by the rules, you have a chance to succeed. These kids, who were brought to this country through no fault of their own, did just that. It’s time to stop treating innocent young people like criminals—the DREAM Act offers a path to citizenship to youth who have demonstrated their commitment to making America a better place. We urge the U.S. Congress to support the DREAM Act and make the American dream a possibility for all.”