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DREAM Act Re-Introduction Reinvigorates Student Movement

By March 29, 2006No Comments

The hopes of students and their supporters were revived with the re-introduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in the Senate on November 18, 2005.The DREAM Act is a chance to provide equal and fair educational opportunities for all young people in this nation.If passed, the DREAM Act would provide undocumented students a chance to pursue higher education and obtain legal status while allowing states to determine their own rules of residency to open up more opportunities for in state tuition eligibility.

In Los Angeles, NAKASEC and the Korean Resource Center, in conjunction with the Los Angeles DREAM Team Coalition, held a press conference on November 30 to announce the bill’s re-introduction in Congress.The Coalition also coordinated an email and call-in action during the week of December 5 to thank the original sponsors of the bill for their leadership and to urge Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), an important and influential member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to co-sponsor the bill.Hundreds of calls and emails were generated throughout the week. Plans are underway for more concerted efforts in organizing for the passage of the bill.