|OCA is Disappointed by Senate Vote on DREAM ActFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 December 2010
Lan Nguyen | Program Manager
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — OCA, a national Asian Pacific American (APA) social justice organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates, is disappointed by the failure of the Senate to evoke cloture and allow the DREAM Act to move forward.
On Wednesday, December 8, the House of Representative passed the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act by 216-198. This important legislation came to a critical vote in the Senate on Saturday, December 18, but failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to end debate and allow for a vote on the bill itself.
"The lives of productive youth who only know the U.S. as their home hung in the balance on Saturday, but unfortunately, some members of the Senate chose politics over giving young immigrants a fair chance at the American Dream,” said George Wu, Executive Director of OCA.
Widely supported by educators, businesses, and the military, the common sense legislation would have reduced the National deficit by $1.4 billion and increased government revenues by $2.3 billion over the 10 years.
There are 1.7 million undocumented immigrants under the age of 18 and an estimated 65,000 students each year who graduate high school but cannot pursue their dreams because of their undocumented immigration status. The DREAM Act would pave a way for undocumented students to enroll in college or the military and attain legal immigration status. These students urgently need a fair chance to become educated, taxpaying citizens and contribute to our society and economy.
OCA supports the DREAM Act as a part of comprehensive immigration reform. Despite this large setback, OCA will continue to work with other APA and civil rights organizations to fight for a common sense solution to our current broken immigration system.
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