Thursday, March 26, 2009

DREAM is Introduced

I checked my email before heading out to work today. My inbox was full of messages saying that the DREAM Act was being introduced today. Needless to say my day flashed on by, and the overtime gods smiled upon me since I didnt have to stay past my eight hour day.

Now I'm looking at the screen of the SJSU library computer from which I am writing, and I see the following words:

"INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) - U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar cosponsored the
Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. It was
introduced Thursday with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)."
-Emily Marini (

There it is, in cyber print. The DREAM Act was introduced today, March 26th 2009 by Senator Durbin and Senator Lugar. And I can barely type.

This isn't the first time that DREAM has been introduced, but it feels different this time around. More things in favor, but more importanly, more of us undocumented students are rising to the challange and organizing to push this.

So lets take a moment to enjoy DREAM's introduction.

But let's not forget this is only the initial step. The hard work now begins. We must call, email, fax and organize incessantly, in order for DREAM to be brought to the floor. And then we do it again so we can get the needed votes in favor to pass it.

After the bill is on President Obama's desk, then maybe, it will be time to start thinking about celebrating. Until then lets work our asses off!

Representative Zoe Lofrgen, Chairperson of the Immigration Subcommittee stated:

"As a nation, we face an increasingly competitive global market. To effectively compete in this new interconnected global market, we must ensure that we have the most educated workforce in the world. Whether in college or in the military, we must give all qualified young people the opportunity to get an education. These determined and dedicated young people need the chance to become productive members of our society. Penalizing them hurts us all"

Also this site allows you to email your representatives, please feel free to use it:

For more info on the DREAM Act please visit the following links:

DREAM Act (wikipedia)

The National Immigration Law Center basic information sheet

Also check out this great post by kyledeb over at Citizen Orage.

And dont forget to dial 202-224-3121 to be connected to your member of Congress. TELL THEM TO SUPPORT THE DREAM ACT.


  1. Great post! This is only the beginning :D

  2. it's the real deal this time. i prayed for the DREAM act and a solution to this stuff in the sweat lodge on march 25. know what happened the next day? DREAM act introduced.this is it. the real deal.