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  • Edición impresa de Mayo 17, 2011

The DREAM lives in the Land of Lincoln

The California State Dream Act passed the Assembly on Thursday and it’s on it’s way to the State Senate where passage is expected.  Peace, Carlos

This week, the “Land of Lincoln” lived up to its name - expanding opportunity and firmly standing up for the rights of all.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Illinois State Senate passed its version of the DREAM Act with strong bipartisan support, 45-11. It now heads to the State House, where it is has strong support. Using money from a “DREAM Fund,” the bill would give out scholarships to undocumented students who are seeking to improve their lives through higher education.

Republican State Senator Tom Johnson voted for the bill, and summed up perfectly what this fight is all about: “This is an American value issue. ? [Immigrant youth] are our future. They are our fellow residents of Illinois.” In Springfield, more than 150 years ago, it was another Illinois native who said that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Whether they were said 150 years ago or just this week, those words from Springfield are true: this is about American values and keeping our house from being divided.

And that’s why the news from Illinois is so encouraging: we’re seeing legislators from both parties stand up for what’s right.

That’s what our work is all about: supporting leaders - regardless of partisan affiliation - who will work for immigration reform.

And bit by bit, with successes like the Illinois DREAM Act, we’re seeing the ultimate realization of Lincoln’s dream: a house united, with expanded opportunity for all Americans.

 

 


 

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