AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers Association) has posted an Action Alert urging everyone to call their senators to support the DREAM Act, which will be voted on by the Senate tomorrow, Wed. Oct. 23, 2007.
The DREAM Act, which stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM), is designed to address the situation faced by undocumented children who were brought to the United States years ago but who have grown up here, stayed in school, and kept out of trouble. The legislation would provide a path to permanent residence for these immigrant youth who want to pursue higher education or military service, enabling them to contribute fully to American society, according to the position paper written by AILA that summarizes the benefits of the law.
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) has introduced the DREAM Act as a stand-alone bill in the Senate. The bill will need 60 votes to pass the Senate.