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CIR/DREAM Act Talking Points

CIR/DREAM Act Talking Points

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Published by United We Dream
Facts and talking points in favor of the DREAM Act
Facts and talking points in favor of the DREAM Act

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Published by: United We Dream on Feb 04, 2011
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TALKING POINTS ± CIR and DREAM
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The DREAM Act is viewed by many immigrant youth, journalists, politicians andeducators as a building block to immigration reform.
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A building block is something that may have value in itself that at the same time provides afoundation on which to make something bigger²just and humane immigration reform.
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The DREAM Act is a litmus test.
Many lawmakers agree that the DREAM Act is a litmus test for the immigration issue because itis the most politically palatable piece of comprehensive immigration reform. If we cannot passthe DREAM Act, we know that we do not have the necessary support for comprehensivereforms.
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A lot of undocumented workers who have children here and our mixed immigrationfamilies want their children out of this immigration ordeal
Close to 50% of undocumented families today arrived legally on tourist visas. They exist asmixed immigration families with some children who are undocumented and others that arecitizens. They are strong advocates for the DREAM Act and want their children to have access tohigher education and opportunities that have been historically denied to them.
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With this comes a realization that a lot of undocumented workers do not have childrenhere that would benefit for the DREAM Act. Nonetheless, the benefits to immigrantcommunities by supporting the DREAM Act are undeniable
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.Since 1.6-2.8 million immigrant youth will benefit from the DREAM Act:
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It will bring money into the communities because the youth will be able to earn more.
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The beneficiaries of the DREAM Act would become unique and powerful assets to thecomprehensive immigration reform movement since they (1) would no longer advocatewith fear of persecution, (2) are aware of the hardships, and (3) are passionate about realchange on U.S. immigration laws.
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O
nce the beneficiaries are able practice their professions, they will become role models tothe rest of immigrant and/or minority youth who currently lack such role models andhave high dropout rates.
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It will open political space and expectations for a broader legalization

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