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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Endorsement Letter of the DREAM Act

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Endorsement Letter of the DREAM Act

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May 27, 2009The Honorable Richard DurbinUnited States Senate309 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510The Honorable Richard Lugar United States Senate306 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510Dear Senator Durbin and Senator Lugar:We are writing in support of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien MinorsAct (The "DREAM Act") which would allow the children of immigrants who have grown uphere a conditional path to citizenship in exchange for a mandatory two years in higher educationor military service. Passage of The DREAM Act would go a long way towards correcting aninequitable situation that drains our economy of talent and resources.Under current law, children who come to the United States with parents who enter illegally are condemned to a life in the shadows. Many excel in school and dream of going tocollege, but the opportunity is denied them. With an education, and as legal members of society,they can legally join the American labor force, start new companies, develop innovativetechnologies, or pioneer medical advances. In other words, these youngsters can become productive contributors to our economy.In New York City, tens of thousands of public school students do not have legal status.We are investing in them all the same, which is required by federal law and – just as importantly – honors the values on which the United States was built. New York has increased educationspending by billions of dollars over the past seven years, and we have raised graduation rates andtest scores significantly. Our City – and our country – can only reap a return on that investmentif Congress allows all students to pursue higher education and legitimate careers. In today’sglobal economy, we simply cannot afford to chase home-grown talent out of our country.The DREAM Act is not a substitute for comprehensive immigration reform, which ismuch needed to restore the strength and competitive status of the American economy. Ideally,the DREAM Act should be one component of a comprehensive reform bill. But if comprehensive action is delayed, Congress should not hesitate to pass legislation that providesimmediate relief to children who should not be denied the opportunity to secure an education and

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