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National Leaders and DREAM Youth Urge Immediate Action on Bipartisan DREAM Act

The Time is Now for Congress to Pass this Common Sense Measure

WASHINGTON - This Thursday at noon, DREAM-eligible youth will join national leaders to call on Congress to pass the DREAM Act before the end of 2010. Archbishop Jose Gomez, Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles, Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's Committee on Migration, Janet Murguia of National Council of La Raza, Wade Henderson of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Thomas Saenz of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund will highlight the compelling reasons why the DREAM Act should become law this year. In addition, Raul Hinojosa of UCLA's North American Integration and Development Center will present the findings of his new report, "No DREAMers Left Behind: The Economic Impacts of Dream Act Beneficiaries," and DREAM eligible youth will tell their personal stories about how the DREAM Act will help them contribute to the American economy and realize their dreams.

By passing the DREAM Act, Congress has a chance to rise above the heated rhetoric of the campaign season and show the American people that it can work on a bipartisan basis to pass real immigration reform. The DREAM Act has been around for nearly a decade, and has the support of both Democrats and Republicans. It is a common sense bill that enables high-achieving young people who came to this country as children a chance to legalize their status, if they enroll in an institution of higher learning or the U.S. military. It is a win-win, both for the youth who would qualify and the country that would benefit from allowing these young leaders to realize their full potential.

*Due to speakers' schedules, the event will begin promptly at 12:00pm. Press is urged to arrive early, and refreshments will be provided

WHO: Archbishop Jose Gomez, Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles, Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's Committee on Migration
Janet Murguia, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Dr. Raul Hinojosa, Founding Director, UCLA North American Integration and Development Center
Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
DREAM Eligible Youth

WHAT: National Leaders and DREAM Youth Urge Immediate Action on DREAM Act

WHEN: Thursday, November 18, Noon eastern time

WHERE: Zenger Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

 

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