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DREAM Act Has Monumental Vote in the U.S. House of Representatives
Senate Expected to Take Up Vote Tomorrow. Communities Celebrate and Hold Steadfast for the Fate of this Student Legalization Legislation
Today, the American DREAM Act (H.R. 5281) faced a successful vote in the U.S. House of Representatives sending an energetic momentum to the Senate as they get ready to take up the legislation in a cloture vote tomorrow morning. The vote count was 216-198.
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and its affiliates, the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center in Chicago and the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles, express excitement and celebrate with our students and community members at the House vote and urge the Senate to stand with immigrant youth.
First introduced in Congress in 2001, the DREAM Act will allow undocumented youth the opportunity to pursue higher education and their dreams; more than anything, it will give them the potential to live a full and healthy life unhindered by undocumented status. Having faced numerous roadblocks, this is the first time the DREAM Act has passed in the House of Representatives. This successful legislative victory is the result of the countless hours of grassroots mobilizations and actions that students, organizations and allies have organized throughout the years.
Please stay tuned for more updates tomorrow morning.
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) was founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a national progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans as a part of a greater goal of building a national movement for social change. NAKASEC is based in Los Angeles and a D.C. office opened in September 2008. NAKASEC also has affiliates in Los Angeles (The Korean Resource Center) and in Chicago (The Korean American Resource & Cultural Center).