DREAM-ing of Immigration Reform

Websites and social media offer networks of support for undocumented or illegal immigrants in the U.S.

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  1. First introduced to U.S. Congress in 2001, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act - or DREAM Act - is a bill that would provide residency for illegal immigrants of good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools and have been in the country for at least five years. Last December, DREAM Act failed once again to pass in the U.S. Senate.
  2. A video from U.S. President Barack Obama's YouTube channel explains the DREAM Act:
  3. Time to Pass the DREAM Act
  4. Websites and social media networks are becoming a resource for support for undocumented or illegal immigrants in the U.S. who are under threat of deportation.
  5. Social media platforms provide the means by which these youths, who call themselves Dreamers, can find each other without travelling or exposing their status. They appeal to supporters nationwide and petition en masse for extensions on deportation dates. They help garner the attention of politicians, lawyers and advocacy groups. And they get Dreamers’ stories out into the public sphere when the attention of the mass media is elsewhere.
  6. One such site, TheDREAMIsComing.com, features an emotional interview with Georgina Perez, an undocumented student activist in Georgia.
  7. Another website is DREAMActivist.org. Earlier this month, one of the founders of the site was sent a notice to appear for removal proceedings.
  8. George Washington University law student Prerna Lal is also a staunch critic of anti-immigrant policies. Her story is documented on the DREAMActivist.org blog:
  9. Maybe she’s too educated for America. Too educated for the DREAM Act?
  10. Lal's reaction to the proceedings:
  11. So the whole idea of trying to deport me is complete waste of time and money. Of course, they can just make my life really difficult with court hearings upon court hearings all the way across the country, which they are trying to do. It ends up looking like political prosecution, which is why I am more amused than afraid.
  12. In response to the DREAMActivist.org blog post, an anti-DREAM Act commenter, Dawangprod, wrote:
  13. Go back to your own country and make IT better so the rest of you illegals can stay there.
  14. Commenter jerseygirl writes:
  15. Hey we stopped the Dream Act didn't we? We will NEVER give up. You can bet on that. If you are so smart, why are you in removal proceedings?
  16. Some opponents of the bill believe the DREAM Act will give amnesty to illegal immigrants with criminal records.
  17. Amnesty In Disguise: Stop The DREAM Act
  18. Via Twitter:
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