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Call Senator Reid and Your Senators for Access to Education for All!

By November 9, 2010 No Comments

Call Senator Reid and Your Senators for Access to Education for All!

From DREAM University:

Call Senator Reid (866-877-5552) and say:

“Hi, my name is _____. I’m calling to congratulate Senator Reid for his reelection and to remind him that we will hold him accountable for his promise to bring the DREAM Act for a vote during the lame duck session of the 111th Congress. Thank you!”

Call your own Senators 866-996-5161): Tell them to support the DREAM Act!

Call target Senators (866-587-6101): Tell them to support the DREAM Act!

Afterwards, update your status:
“I called Senator Reid at 1-866-877-5552 [or Senator X at 866…] and asked him [or her] to bring up the DREAM Act for a vote during the 111th Congress. Please do the same.”

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What’s going on?
After the November 2, 2010 elections, Congress enters a phase known as “lame duck.” The Senate is currently pressed with many promises they made to many groups. We understand that the DREAM Act may be added to a major bill in the next  several weeks. Passage of the DREAM Act is largely contingent on whether Senate Majority Leader Reid will 1) put it on the top of his to-do list and 2) gather enough votes to pass the DREAM Act.

For more information, please contact Olivia Park at opark@nakasec.org or 323-937-3703.

Check out our New Organizing Project solidarity posts to keep the DREAM Act alive in the lame duck session!

Who’s at stake?
Today, about 1 in 7 Korean Americans are undocumented; many of whom are young people.  There are roughly 65,000, such young people graduating from high school each year who would be eligible for the DREAM Act.  Korean Americans are one of the most populous Asian American communities, comprising about one-fourth of California’s in-state tuition  program for undergraduate students regardless of status.

One rainy day last February, near the end of a difficult health reform struggle, dozens of young and older people of color joined an 18-mile walk across downtown Los Angeles in solidarity with the Trail of DREAMs students who were walking from Florida to DC. Young Korean Americans organized this event to pass the DREAM Act during President Obama’s 2nd year in office, with a majority Democratic Congress, as part of an effort to reform our nation’s immigration laws.

Fast forward to Tuesday, September 21, 2010, nearly all the Democratic Senators voted to allow discussion on the annual Department of Defense authorization bill. The vote failed and the Senate has yet to pass the authorization bill.