Develop-ment, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM. Act) which would grant legal status to children of undocumented immigrants who entered the U. S. with their parents as minors.
A new twist in the proposed bill's current status involved the U. S. Department of Defense. Pentagon leaders have included the DREAM Act in their latest strategic plan for military operations. To see the plan go here, paying particular attention to section 2.1.1.
Senate Majority Leader Reid will bring up the DREAM Act as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill this week. The amendment needs the support from Texas Senators, since 12 percent of individuals who will benefit from the DREAM Act live in Texas. Senator Hutchison's vote is crucial to make the DREAM Act a reality. Possibly now that the U. S. Military has documented its support for the bill, even Senator Cornyn might be convinced.
Julieta Garibay, who holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas added, "Senator Hutchison knows the right thing to do. She voted with us in 2007, and we ask her to vote with us again on Tuesday."
If you live in Texas, call Senator Hutchison (202-224-5922) and Senator Cornyn (202-224-2934) to express your support. If you live outside Texas, call your two senators today as well. You'll find their phone numbers here.
For a helpful summary of the DREAM Act and its importance in American life check out this editorial in the Silicon Valley Mercury News published on September 16, 2010.