I have been helping put this together the last few weeks and on behalf of Dream Team Los Angeles, I want to invite everyone reading this post to come to city hall on Tuesday and be witness to an amazing event. From the press release.
Students Participate in West Coast DREAM Act Rally Day
Urge President Obama and Congress to Pass DREAM Act this year, 2009!
WHAT: DREAM Graduation Ceremony held in Los Angeles, CA in solidarity with the United We Dream Coalition’s National Day of Action in Washington D.C., in support of the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act.
The DREAM Act is a bi-partisan legislation that if passed, would provide undocumented college students a path to legalize their status after meeting strict requirements. These requirements include that the student must have entered the country before the age of 16, graduate high school or obtain a GED, have good moral character (no criminal record), and have at least five years of continuous presence in the US. The students will then have six years within which they must obtain a two-year college degree or voluntarily complete two-years of military service, in order to have the chance to adjust their conditional permanent residency to U.S. citizenship.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2009
12:00 p.m. – 1:00p.m. – DREAM Graduation and Press Event
WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall Lawn
200 N. Main St. Los Angeles CA
WHO: UCLA student speakers will discuss the importance of the DREAM Act.
Undocumented students will provide testimonials of their journey as undocumented.
Wendy Carrillo, will be the Masters of Ceremonies
Kent Wong Director of the UCLA Labor Center will be the Key note speaker
Opportunity for interviews with members of the community, speakers, students and
WHY: Highlighting the achievements of our nation’s undocumented youth and the vast support for passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
Now some are you wonder what am I’m talking about are just don’t know enough about what the DREAM Act is and other background information so click here to read about what the DREAM Act is. It was reintroduced this year on March 26 and ever since then the campaign to get it passed has increased everyday as we get more and more supporters helping out the cause. These are the latest guidelines required in the bill to be eligible for the DREAM Act.
- Had arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday;
- Had lived in the U.S. for at least the last 5 years;
- Had graduated from U.S. high school or obtained an American G.E.D.;
- Serve in the military or attend college for at least two years; and
- Have good moral character
The importance and significance of the DREAM Act passing is something thousands of educated college students are waiting and depending on because our lively hoods depend on it. All I do on my personal blog is write about the dynamics of being an undocumented resident going to college, living life and making the best of the hand I got dealt. I can go on and on about the DREAM Act will not only benefit us, but everyone else in the long run. How much money we’ll be putting back into the economy when we start paying taxes, buying cars, homes, paying bills and all that other regular stuff. Some people say that if this goes through, that people like me will taking away more American jobs or taking away opportunities from people who were born here and just make things worse than they already are. That’s just not true. Even without having access to all the privilages citizens have, here I am in a jr. college making my way and transfering to a university majoring in journalism and chicano studies. My ultimate goal is to give back to the community that has helped me reach beyond what I could have ever imagined. It’s in completing that circle and giving back that the shakels of ignorance and poverty can be broken. Through education.