First introduced in 2001, the DREAM Act permits high school graduates who immigrated to the U.S. as minors and lived in the U.S. for at least five years, to apply for legal status. For 2005, affiliates have been preparing for the re-introduction of the DREAM Act in the 109th Congress. The 2005 United We DREAM Campaign will unveil a diversified campaign including community education, community mobilization, Youth Action, and advocacy.
Erin Chung and Kevin Kang are the Youth Coordinators leading the campaign for YKASEC in New York. On March 24th, YKASEC held a kick-off conference announcing YKASEC’s 2005 DREAM Campaign where local politicians and community based organizations committed themselves to passing the DREAM Act.
KRC in Los Angeles is gearing up to continue building its strong base of committed community members for the DREAM Act.Currently in the works is a DREAM forum in late April to engage youth and community allies.
KRCC in Chicago, KRC, YKASEC and NAKASEC are also in the midst of the collecting DREAM Act statements of support from community and faith based organizations.To date, NAKASEC and its affiliates have collected close to 200 endorsements, with more coming in each day.