The Dream Act is a bipartisan legislation that would help Untied States high school graduate students who have been living as undocumented citizens within the states for numerous years achieve their dreams of going to college and becoming U.S citizens. According to the Dream Act Portal, there are a reported 65,000 youth who are classified as undocumented citizens who may not be accepted into college upon graduate because of this citizen status. Under the Dream Act provisions, undocumented youths who have been living in the country since childhood, or early, would be allowed to earn true citizenship if they earn a college degree or two years of military service. The Dream Act would help many Latino children who entered the country illegally with their family and grew up within the country.
In December 2010, the House passed the Dream Act with votes 216 to 198 supporting the act, according to a report made by The Washington Post. Whether the Dream Act goes into affect is now in the hands of the Senate.
According to ColorLines: New for Action, a letter was addressed to the Senate and signed jointly by Desperate Housewife star Eva Longoria, New York Mets second baseman Luis Castillo, Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, the National Council of La Raza, and other Latino politicians and business leaders who have come out in support of the Dream Act believing the Dream Act would strengthen the country’s future by providing more teachers, engineers, and etc if the undocumented graduates are allowed to attend college and become citizens.
Hopefully the letter will get through some of the opposing members against the Act when it returns to the Senate floor possibly some time next week.