December 9, 2010
Cynthia Leonor Garza
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On DREAM Act
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) would create a pathway to legal status for qualified students who were brought to the United States before the age of 16, if they complete high school and at least two years of either college or military service.
WASHINGTON—Like their colleagues in the House of Representatives, members of the Senate should bring the DREAM Act to the floor for debate and vote. If the Senate fails to act, hard-working students who play by the rules would be denied the opportunity to pursue a college degree and a chance to become productive members of our society.
With its courageous vote last night, the House put immigrant children and their future first. We want especially to recognize the work of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). We also applaud Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for their efforts in shepherding the bill in the Senate. The AFT will continue to champion the DREAM Act because it is a practical solution that upholds the best of America’s shared values.
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.