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NEA Pursues the DREAM Act

NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen joined leaders from the United States Students Association, the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers, the NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and other allies in a  press conference calling for passage of the DREAM Act.

Eskelsen highlighted the plight of children who are brought to America without proper documents, grow up here, consider America their home, and excel in school, but must live in the shadows after high school graduation.  

“Invest in these children’s dreams,” Eskelsen said.  “Give them a reason to walk across the stage and be handed a diploma and to walk towards something better. Let them be finally accepted as “our” children. Give them a country they can finally call their home.”

The press conference, which was held at the AFL-CIO to highlight labor union support for the DREAM Act,  was sponsored by the United States Student Association in conjunction with USSA's national legislative week of action.   

The DREAM Act would allow certain immigrant students with good character to obtain conditional permanent resident status after high school graduation, and then apply for citizenship if they successfully graduate from two years of college or serve two years in the armed forces.  It is expected that the DREAM Act will be included as part of any major comprehensive immigration reform legislation.