New York State Youth Leadership Council

..first we need to get the bill passed!


Dec 10


Hi Angy.
In case the Dream Act passes at the Lame Duck session, when would it become a law?
The 5 year requirement is a problem for a lot of people, and the person I know is just 6 months shy of the 5 year requirement.

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If the Dream Act DOES pass in the lame duck session once the president signs it (after its been passed by the house and the senate) it is officially a law. I think what you mean is when will the Dream Act be put into a effect so others can apply. This can take up to 6 months or even more or less. Regulations need to be put into place along with an application process and I’m sure there will be fees too. The government can also delay the creation of these regulations and applications for as long as they want and in that case we will have to put pressure on them. Regarding your friend i’m not completely sure if they will be able to apply or not. I don’t know what kind of documentation they might ask to prove you have been in the country and 6 months is not a lot of time. First we need to get the bill passed to be able to answer all these questions espcecially now since there is a new bill with a lot of NEW COMPROMISES.

Before we can start worrying about the Dream Act qualifications we need to worry about passing it! This is why we need to make those phone calls and organize as much as we can. There is still a chance that the Dream Act doesn’t pass and we need to concentrate on the government officials that are on the fence about dream. Please continue calling and telling others to call because we’re running out of time.

Call the switchboard (1-866-587-3023) and ask for the following members:
Senate Republicans:
Kirk (IL)
Hutchison (TX)
Brownback (KS)
Bennett (UT)
Voinovich (OH)
Snowe (ME)
Collins (ME)
Lemieux (FL)
Lugar (IN)
Bunning (KY)
Senate Democrats:
Conrad (ND)
Dorgan (ND)
McCaskill (MO)
Webb (VA)
Warner (VA)
Landrieu (LA)
Pryor (AR)
Tester (MT)
Murkowski (AK)
Hagan (NC)

Then simply say: “I am calling Senator______________ to vote YES on the DREAM Act.”

Finished? Call again and have 5 of your friends call!
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Talking about the new Dream Act version. If there are any Dreamers out there who are over the new age limit (30 years or more) and need a space to speak their mind or would like to write a piece about this please contact us. I believe it’s ridiculous. Dreamers that are 30+ years have the same rights as anyone else. It disappoints me and angers me to think that some of the original Dream Act leaders in this battle will not be able to apply if it passes. It also makes me feel like i don’t deserve it. I’ve been organizing for over a year while these Dreamers have been around for a really long time. They’ve organized around what is humane and now they won’t get the equality they fought so hard for. We will continue fighting for those who don’t qualify for the new Dream Act!

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