The Crescent Report

December 2, 2010

Why MAS Freedom Supports the DREAM Act

Introduction

In the summer of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pricked the conscious of America with his inspirational “I have a  dream” speech, his dream for justice and fairness for all regardless of race, creed or color lives on. Check out the piece below.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed”.

 

Why MAS Freedom Supports the DREAM Act

Every year, some 65,000 young people graduate from secondary schools in the United States, but they can neither attend college, join the military, or in some cases, even get a full-time job.  Why? because they are children of workers who came to the United States without legal documentation.

But there is an opportunity to grant legal immigration status for these young people, who were born and socialized in the United States and who, in many cases, only speak English.  It’s called the DREAM Act, and MAS Freedom fully supports the passage of this landmark legislation as a just and necessary step to fully enfranchise these young people, who came to the U.S. with their parents and who have not violated any U.S. laws.  This legislation, which received bipartisan support when it was introduced ten years ago, allows for the youth to apply for conditional legal residency in the United States if they arrived here before the age of 16 and have lived in the country for at least six years.  From there, these youth can qualify for dual legal status in the United States.

And while there is some expected opposition to the DREAM act from anti-immigrant political elements in Congress, it’s important to note that this proposed law has the full support of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Education, and and the Department of Defense.  It is expected that the young people affected by this legislation will be able to continue their education and service to America in a number of ways that will benefit our national economy and the overall well being of the nation.

MAS Freedom participated, along with the White House Offices of Public Engagement, the Domestic Policy Council, and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Policy, in a December 1 conference call on this critical bill, which is scheduled to come before votes in both the House of Representatives and the Senate within a few days.  We believe that this legislation is fair and necessary to fully enfranchise tens of thousands of youth who came to American with their undocumented parents and who grew up in a nation that they care about and want to serve.  We urge you to call your congressional representative and urge him or her to fully support the passage of the DREAM act as an expression of our commitment to justice for these young people.

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