The Dream is Now Campaign Launches to Support the DREAM Act

March 22, 2013

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There are an estimated one to two million undocumented young people living in America who were brought here as children. These young people have grown up here, attended school, and learned to speak English just like their classmates. Current law provides no path for them to remain in the country lawfully. There is no line in which to wait or application for legal status to complete, no matter how exemplary their behavior, how young they were when they arrived in the U.S., and no matter how valuable their potential contributions to our country.

Both the President and Congress have signaled that immigration reform will be a top priority in 2013. The DREAM Act, which would give undocumented young people raised in the U.S. the chance to earn a path to citizenship by going to college or defending America in the armed forces, is one essential piece of this legislative effort. While the President has suspended deportations and authorized work permits for qualified youth through an executive action, these are only temporary fixes. There is still the need for Congress to change our immigration laws, and with momentum building behind immigration reform, DREAM can become a reality.

An exciting new campaign called The Dream is Now has been launched to support The DREAM Act. The Dream Is Now is a joint effort between Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education and immigration reform, and social justice, and Davis Guggenheim, the award-winning director of "Waiting for Superman" and "An Inconvenient Truth." The Dream Is Now aims to amplify the stories of courageous young DREAMers, with the goal of helping to create a path to earned citizenship for those willing to work hard and earn it.

Visit The Dream Is Now website to tell your own stories in writing or through video about why you support immigration reform and the DREAM Act. You can also sign a petition affirming your support for the principles of the DREAM legislation. The stories submitted to the site will be the foundation for a short documentary that Guggenheim will direct, which is scheduled for release this spring.

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