New York State Youth Leadership Council

News Roundup – Monday, July 19

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The Good
Half of California DREAM Act Passes Senate, Moves to Governor’s Desk
Assembly Bill (AB) 130, one half of the California Dream Act, passed the State Senate floor Thursday and is now headed to the Governor’s desk for his hopeful signature. AB 130 allows AB 540 students full access to California’s higher education system. It enables these hard-working students who have met the UC, CSU or community college academic requirements to receive scholarships from private sources. The other half of the bill waiting to be pass, AB 131, would give undocumented students access to publicly funded CalGrant financial aid.

DREAM Act to Come True in Illinois
A source told Skokie Patch that Quinn would sign the legislation, SB2185, on Aug. 1, making Illinois the first state in the country to create a privately funded scholarship program for undocumented high school graduates who want to attend college.

Durbin Urges Churches to Get Involved in DREAM Act Debate
Senator Durbin is calling on churches, synagogues and mosques to carve out time this fall to discuss the so-called DREAM Act with their congregations. Senator Durbin said, “The DREAM Act is based on a fundamental moral principle that is shared by all the faith traditions represented here today – it is wrong to punish children for the actions of their parents. This fall, congregations around the country will put their faith into action when they observe the DREAM Act.”

 

What’s Happening With the DREAM Act?
There’s an economic argument to be made for the DREAM Act that we hope that members of both parties will pay attention to. If we pass the DREAM Act, we will contribute $2 billion to reducing the deficit over the next 10 years. If we pass the DREAM Act, we’re going to have young people who’ll be able to work at Microsoft and not just McDonald’s, and achieve their American Dream. They’ll pay more in taxes; they’ll be job creators. This is exactly what our country and our economy needs in these tough economic times.


The Ugly 

Put a Stop to the HALT Act

Last week, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced legislation that would eliminate these discretionary powers and harm the U.S. citizens, legal residents, and their undocumented family members that he claims to be protecting. Chairman Smith is planning a hearing on this act before the end of this month. The Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act, or HALT Act, would eliminate the discretionary power of the Obama administration — and only this administration — to grant relief to immigrants in compelling cases, such as by suspending deportation or granting temporary legal status. Smith, who had requested that a previous administration use discretionary powers, now attempts to demonize such powers through his bill.

Maryland DREAM Act Suspended; May Go to Voters In 2010
Immigration patriots in the Old Line State have collected enough signatures on a petition to suspend Maryland’s DREAM Act and force a referendum in November 2012 on the giveaway to border jumpers. Opponents of the bill submitted their signatures to election officials, who counted nearly 65,000 valid names, more than enough to force the vote.