Dear Ms. Lal:
I received your letter and sincerely appreciate hearing your support for the “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act,” commonly known as the DREAM Act.
I share your concern for foreign-born children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves with no legal immigration status in our country. These young adults were brought to California as children many years ago, attended elementary and high school here, and consider the United States home. I agree that it is in the country’s best interest to give talented youth who have good moral character and are dedicated to serving the United States the opportunity to succeed.
I am a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act (S. 729), which Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced in the 111th Congress on March 26, 2009. This legislation would provide the opportunity for undocumented youth raised in the U.S. to earn legal permanent residence if they attend college or serve in our military. The DREAM Act also makes college financially feasible by allowing students, regardless of their immigration status, to apply for financial aid. I assure you that I will continue to advocate on behalf of this bill in the future.
Once again, thank you for contacting me. Should you have any additional comments or questions on this issue, do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Warm regards.
United States Senator
I am shocked Senator Feinstein didn’t start talking about Agjobs! By the way, is there any logical reason why Senator Feinstein introduced a private bill to keep Shirley Tan in the country but has not co-sponsored the Uniting American Families Act, which would ensure that LGBT American citizens and permanent residents could sponsor their non-citizen partners? Anyway, I deviate.
We are forming a fully-funded and incorporated coalition for undocumented student advocacy and empowerment in the Bay Area. Comment if you would be interested to be a part of this.