By Jonathan Lehrer
Director of Communications, JCUA
Many Chicago-area rabbis have signed on to a letter urging Sen. Mark Kirk (R.-Ill.) to support the DREAM Act.
The Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act–also called the DREAM Act, is to help those individuals who meet certain requirements, have an opportunity to enlist in the military or go to college and have a path to citizenship which they otherwise would not have without this legislation.
The letter says, in part:
The DREAM Act is an urgently needed response to many thousands of young members of our society who have grown up among us yet are not granted the same rights as their peers, as a result of decisions that they themselves did not make.
The letter signed by the rabbis will be sent to Kirk next week because he has indicated his opposition to the measure. Sen. Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.) is a co-sponsor.
The DREAM Act passed the House on Dec. 8 and could be voted on by the Senate next week.
Want to urge Sen. Kirk to support the bill? Call his office: (202) 225-4835.
Impact of the DREAM Act
- 65,000 DREAM students graduate high school every year.
- An estimated $3.6 trillion over the next 40 years would be created in new revenue for the economy by DREAM Students.
- As many as 1.2 million to 2.1 million young people would be affected by the law.
Supporters of the DREAM Act believe it is vital not only to the people who would benefit from it, but also the United States as a whole. For those undocumented immigrant students who have been living in the U.S. since they were young, the DREAM Act would provide a chance to contribute back to the country that has given so much to them and an opportunity to use their hard earned education and talents.