My letter to Senator Sherrod Brown to support the DREAM Act.
Many people in Ohio are urging you, Senator Brown, to co-sponsor the DREAM Act. This is your opportunity to stand-up for education and to give undocumented youth an opportunity for an American education and a path to citizenship. To back this law requires courage and based on the interview you gave Race-Talk, courage seems part of your DNA. Well, I hope you show your courage to the people of Ohio.
Ohio needs to see that you will stand-up for children who want an opportunity for an American college education — the best in the world. Ohio needs to see their Senator fight and support the poor and disenfranchised — the people who WANT to live and prosper as American citizens — and achieve the “real” American Dream, the OPPORTUNITY to achieve all they can dream. The OPPORTUNITY to support one’s neighborhood, family and be a contributor to our democracy. A dream, that we as citizens are having now because of your ancestors and other people who have fought for justice and served the people.
You say on your website: “The solution to our immigration problem will not be a simple one, as many things in our country need to be fixed to stop illegal immigration. It is time to take a common sense approach to immigration reform.”
The DREAM Act is a small step in the right direction. More work needs to be done. To support the DREAM Act is to support and to pay homage to the immigrants before us. It also allows us to say proudly our American welcome message:
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!– Statue of Liberty