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Letter to the Senate on the Little Dreamers Amendment

June 18, 2013

Dear Senator,

On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association, we continue to urge you to vote YES on Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Murkowksi’s (R-AK) “Little Dreamers” Amendment # 1327, as the U.S. Senate considers the landmark Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). Educators have witnessed for far too long the impact that the current immigration system has had on students, their families, and communities.  As this bill seeks to rectify the inequities of our immigration system we must ensure our youngest aspiring Americans are not forgotten. Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 113th Congress. 

S. 744 does not allow those who were brought to the U.S. as children, but are too young to have graduated from high school or complete a G.E.D., to qualify for the 5-year path to citizenship under the DREAM Act provision.  Instead, the youngest children would face up to a 13-year wait to qualify for citizenship.  The Little Dreamer amendment would provide children under the age of 13 a 5-year pathway to citizenship, on par with their older brothers and sisters.

Educators know that providing our students every opportunity to succeed is part of the fabric of our schools, communities, and our country. The Little Dreamers amendment upholds these principles to do right by children so they can achieve their full potential.

Again, we urge you to VOTE YES on this bipartisan amendment that will ensure our youngest aspiring Americans are not forgotten. 

Sincerely,

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations